Help In Cycle Please?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by Slark, Apr 17, 2017.

  1. SlarkValued MemberMember

    I have bought 10 gallon tank for neon tetras but before adding fish i am doing cycle. I have HIKARI goldfish pellets and api test kit.
    Will goldfish pellets decompose and add necessary ammonia to tank ? how much to add in 10 gallon? In my region there is no bottled ammonia (also not in online shop like amazon.etc) How should I use pellets?
  2. KiksWell Known MemberMember

    You can use fish food, but as far as I know it's pretty much impossible to know how much to add. If you want to use fish food as ammonia source, I guess you'll have to just add a little and test the water. I suggest you add the food until your ammonia reaches around 1 ppm, since it's a rather small tank. Once it's at 1 ppm you wait until it decreases to around 0.25 ppm. When it's at 0.25 ppm you dose the food again up to 1 ppm. You continue doing that until your aquarium can go from 1 ppm to 0 ppm in 24 hours or less.
    Then you test the water to make sure that there are no nitrites as well and then you do a large water change to get the nitrates down. Once you have a tank where there's no ammonia, no nitrites and low nitrates you can add fish.

  3. MaddieTaylahWell Known MemberMember

    I have used a raw prawn in the past & it worked much faster than fish food. You should look this method up.

  4. SlarkValued MemberMember

    My parents won't allow that as they are PURE VEG (they also hate its smell) but as aquarium is good for house positive energy ( according to our religion) they letting me buying aquarium :)

  5. ArwenNew MemberMember

    welcome to the hobby! Yup the fishfood does contribute with the nitrogen cycle. What kinda of filtration are you using at the moment, depending on kind/size of your filter/tank the time taken varies. Have fun cycling
  6. purslanegardenWell Known MemberMember

    Another reason it's harder with fish food is because the items don't decay and begin to create the necessary ammonia until later. So you're not sure how much to put in. However, it's not impossible, so give it a try! I would use cheaper fish food, though, not more expensive one.
  7. MaddieTaylahWell Known MemberMember

    Actually you could buy the frozen fish food which is more expensive and use that and it would take less time because the contents would spoil quicker.

    Have you considered cycling your tank outside? I have done this before in order to avoid making the house smell.
  8. KiksWell Known MemberMember

    I still have a feeling that it should be possible for you to order some pure ammonia online.
    And as @MaddieTaylah says, maybe they'll agree to using the fish food if you cycle it outside.
  9. SlarkValued MemberMember

    Frozen bloodworms you mean? How many to put ? For how much time?

    I live in India. I don't know why but ammonia isn't available online shops like amazon, eBay etc.
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  10. SlarkValued MemberMember

    Frozen Bloodworms you mean? How many to put ? For how much time ? Can you give me step by step guide please?
  11. MaddieTaylahWell Known MemberMember

    Frozen blood worms would work, I'm not sure how much because as said above with fish food it's not as easy to know how much is need for enough ammonia. Just put a decent amount in and test ammonia for the next few days, hopefully it will rise.
  12. SlarkValued MemberMember

    but how many to add? for how much time?
  13. MaddieTaylahWell Known MemberMember

    It is impossible to know how much, like I said out a decent amount in each day and wait for a few days for ammonia to rise.
  14. SlarkValued MemberMember

    Should I take out bloodworm after some days or let it be in tank?
  15. MaddieTaylahWell Known MemberMember

    You can take it out if the ammonia gets higher than 4ppm and then let the ammonia drop down to 0.25ppm and then put more bloodworm in again.
  16. SlarkValued MemberMember

    Thanks for the help ! I appreciate it. :)

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