Help with Cycle

Discussion in 'Aquarium Nitrogen Cycle' started by Hoshi, Apr 17, 2010.

  1. HoshiNew MemberMember

    I have been cycling my tank (26 gal) since the beginning of March. We have 5 tetra, 3 gourami, and 2 platys.

    Yesterday, I had 0 ammonia, .50 nitrite, and between 0 and 5 nitrate. Today, I have absolutely 0 of everything. What is going on?

  2. MeenuFishlore VIPMember

    welcome to fishlore. I would try the test again. If you are using the API liquid test, the #2 bottle for nitrate has to be shaken really hard and for a long time.

  3. HoshiNew MemberMember

    I tested twice.

  4. EmberdeeValued MemberMember

    If you have live plants they could be sucking up nitrate. Otherwise, you may not be shaking the nitrate bottle hard enough, or your test strips are inaccurate.
  5. HoshiNew MemberMember

    Test again today, everything is still at 0 except ammonia which is now at .25. I have 3 live plants in there and they are tiny. I do not use test strips. I use the API freshwater test kit. I think the cycle might have started over but I don't know what made it do that.
  6. HoshiNew MemberMember

  7. JrobberWell Known MemberMember

    Have you tested your tap water for ammonia? How often do you feed your fish?

    Please fill out your aquarium information on your profile page. It will help others help you understand what is going on.

    If you're tired of waiting, I'd pick up a bottle of Tetra SafeStart and add it to the water. Should get you cycled in 10-14 days.
  8. HoshiNew MemberMember

    I have a 26 gallon tank, 3 gourami, 5 tetra and 1 platy. THe tank houses 2 monkey grass plants.

    I feed my fish twice a day. 1 pinch in the morning, and 1 pinch and algae tablet at night.

    I use API Stress Coat+ to dechlorinate the water. We do have chlorine and ammonia in our water which is why we use the AP Stress Coat+.

    *updated Tank Stats in profile.
    Last edited: May 6, 2010
  9. JrobberWell Known MemberMember

    You might try using a chemical that detoxifies ammonia like Prime or AmQuel+. I haven't used API Stress Coat, but it could be effecting your cycle from completing. I've read that Stress Coat removes chlorine but breaks down chloramines leaving the ammonia ions in the tank. That would suggest why you are getting a large reading of ammonia.

    Perhaps someone with experience with StressCoat will come along and explain that a little better.

    Edit: The more I read about Stress Coat, the more it seems that chemical is what's causing your ammonia problems. I would definitely go get some Prime or AmQuel and start doing daily water changes to began detoxify the ammonia.

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    Last edited: May 6, 2010
  10. MeenuFishlore VIPMember

    Use Seachem's Prime instead while the tank is cycling. It detoxes ammonia and nitrites. Daily water changes with Prime (or you guy buy some Tetra Safe Start, which is a bacteria booster - if you are interested, we can give you tons of info on it.)

    edit: :;tmnt
  11. HoshiNew MemberMember

    Can one get Seachem's prime at Petsmart? That is the only place I know of around me. I haven't lived in San Jose for very long.
  12. JrobberWell Known MemberMember

    It is available online from them, so you might give your local shop a call and see.
  13. HoshiNew MemberMember

    Ok and that should fix all my problems so I can finally add more fish when its cycled?
  14. MeenuFishlore VIPMember

    It keeps your current fish safer while you cycle. It will not speed up your cycle. And I recommend that you wait until your tank is cycled AT LEAST 2 weeks before adding more fish. You want to give the bacteria colony time to establish well.
  15. JrobberWell Known MemberMember

    It should detoxify the ammonia, but I would keep an eye on your water parameters for two weeks just to make sure it gets cycled. Eventually you should get a small reading of nitrAtes, less than 20. Then you should be cycled.

    Keep up with those daily water changes and I would probably only feed your fish once a day from now on. With flake food, break it up real fine and only feed enough that the fish can eat all of it within a minute or so. You don't want rotting food in your tank right now. Especially, algae wafers.

    Last edited: May 6, 2010

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