aww sorry for your fish. I was also reckless when joining this hobby just in January. I wasn’t aware of the nitrogen cycle, set up a 10 gallon tank, let it run for like 5 days before buying fish, pet store told me everything seems fine. Ended up buying like 6 fish of like 4 different species and even a goldfish which didn’t last a month. But now I have started over I know all about the cycle and very informed now and my 10 gallon tank is still cycling, it’s been about 5 weeks now.Hugooo said:I did a fish-in cycle with a single tiger barb (not the best; I know) in a 5 gallon in a week. The only reason mine was so quick is because I squeezed in the filter cartridge gunk from another tank a few times. Quickest and easiest way ever! It currently houses around 30 molly fry. Don't worry, it's not permanent!
Last August, back when I didn't even know what a cycle and BB was, I added fish to a 10 gallon the same day I got them. They are all still alive, except one. By the time I got an API Freshwater Master Test Kit--around a month ago--there were 0 ammonia, 0 nitrites, and 20 nitrates.
I like many others, knew almost nothing before joining this forum. In the summer of '16, I won a goldfish at a July 4th fair. I put it in a 10 gallon the same day I got it. That's already small enough for a goldfish. Then, I decided to get two mollies and some kind of sucker fish, probably a cory... I don't even know what it was called. And a black moor goldfish, too!
Needless to say, the tank didn't last 6 months. May God bless these poor innocent fish.
Congrats on successfully keeping so many fish! How did you ever manage to keep up with all of the maintenance? I only have three aquariums, and that's stressful enough.GuppyDazzle said:I cycled a 20-tank fish room many years ago with fish in (feeder goldfish from the LFS). I tested frequently and did water changes to keep combined ammonia and nitrite at 1 ppm or below. I logged the results, and each tank was cycled in five to six weeks. After about 10 years life happened and I had to take down the fish room.
Two years ago I set the fish room back up. I took the advice of Cory from Aquarium Coop and added live plants to help seed the bacteria colonies. This time each tank was cycled in two to three weeks.
I never use bottled bacteria. I know it doesn't work as advertised, and I'm not convinced it works at all.
Oh wow really.. maybe I should start dosing that daily.bgntoc said:I cycled my 10 gallon with 2 guppies. I dosed the apI quickstart and I did daily or once every 2 day water changes and the cycle finished in 5-6 days, maybe a week. I never used test kits and everything went smoothly, please don't attack me
I think it depends... some people say it works and some say it doesn't. I just dosed it so that there was already bacteria and it could colonize. I mean it worked for me lol. Also, this is random, but I literally added food to the tank(to add ammonia) before adding the fish and the fish were just pecking at the rotting food.... tank goodness they were okay haha. I don't know, I just fed them daily, did a water change(maybe around 30 percent) and I added new fish and everything was fine.kambreezy said:Oh wow really.. maybe I should start dosing that daily.
that's a fast way to do it I am not a fan of quick start as it can be over used when setting up a tankbgntoc said:I cycled my 10 gallon with 2 guppies. I dosed the apI quickstart and I did daily or once every 2 day water changes and the cycle finished in 5-6 days, maybe a week. I never used test kits and everything went smoothly, please don't attack me
what u did works toYale Kim said:I'm kind of impatient so I just squeeze a cycled sponge filter all over the tank which then kind of cycles it fast.
what I mean is if u use to much it over doses the tank and dosnt do the cycle any good its ok to use if done correctly half a cap full is all that is needed when using thatbgntoc said:wait what do you mean???
Oh. I just added a teaspoon at first and added a drop or two 1 or 2 times a day afterwards... I honestly didn't really know what I was doing with adding the random drops of the liquid lol.johnbetta said:what I mean is if u use to much it over doses the tank and dosnt do the cycle any good its ok to use if done correctly half a cap full is all that is needed when using that