How much longer?

Discussion in 'Aquarium Nitrogen Cycle' started by el337, Jul 23, 2015.

  1. el337Fishlore LegendMember

    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?
  2. Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    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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  3. el337Fishlore LegendMember

    How many mL would that be again?

  4. Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    I honestly don't know. Every time I follow some ammonia calculator I'm over what's suggested... Try 1.5 mL and test in an hour if you can.

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  5. el337Fishlore LegendMember

    Ok, thanks as always!!
  6. el337Fishlore LegendMember

    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?
  7. CoradeeModeratorModerator Member

    If I read the Op right you've got fish in the tank, do not add ammonia with fish in
  8. Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    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.
  9. GvilleguyValued MemberMember

    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.
  10. el337Fishlore LegendMember

    U think full two weeks even with the old media to help speed things up?
  11. Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    Yep, your other tank hasnt been established that long so it can take upwards of two weeks or so.
  12. el337Fishlore LegendMember

    And with real plants added, could that be the reason for low nitrates?
  13. Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    Yes that's very likely. Your current fish are a low bioload also.
  14. el337Fishlore LegendMember

    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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