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el337

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So I had my brand spanking new 46g set up on Friday with half my old filter floss, rock cave and 1 fake plant from the 10g to jump start it. 24 hours later I added the other half of the filter floss, TSS+ and moved my fish. I know I should wait it out a little longer for it to be cycled but it's soooo hard as I'm a very impatient person. I couldn't help test the water yesterday and got ph 7.6, 0, 0, and then a shade in between 0 and 5ppm on nitrates. What does this mean and how many more days til it's more like the parameters I used to have on my 10g which was 0, 0, 5? Is there anything else I should be doing?
 

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Test to see if your tank is cycled by putting 2 ppm of ammonia and wait 24 hours, if you get 0 ammonia and nitrite with more nitrates you should be cycled


 

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How many mL would that be again?
 

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Ok, thanks as always!!
 

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Oh and adding ammonia in the tank while fish are in is safe? Is it safe to assume that since the fish are in there producing waste + having leftover food that I am fine to let things be since my ammonia and nitrites are 0?
 

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If I read the Op right you've got fish in the tank, do not add ammonia with fish in
 

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Uhh yea... I assumed you were doing a fishless cycle, sorry, do not add ammonia lol...

Edit: Just test for ammonia and nitrite for the next couple days, if you consistently get 0s, you should be cycled. The nitrates are low because you may still have a low bioload.
 

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And with TSS+ it is supposed to take up to two weeks to fully cycle. So you might still see levels of ammonia during that time.
 

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U think full two weeks even with the old media to help speed things up?
 

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Yep, your other tank hasnt been established that long so it can take upwards of two weeks or so.
 

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And with real plants added, could that be the reason for low nitrates?
 

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Yes that's very likely. Your current fish are a low bioload also.
 

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Yes that's very likely. Your current fish are a low bioload also.
Ok hopefully no spikes but I'm sure I won't be able to resist testing again tomorrow or the day after.
 
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