Is my tank cycled or not cycled?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by Innocent159, Jun 30, 2016.

  1. Innocent159

    Innocent159Valued MemberMember

    Every now and than I get brown algae by my gravel. I had no deaths since beginning of the year except fry getting stuck between substrate. My ammonia is 0 when ever I test it, ph is stable at 8. I don't have access to any other testing kits. I do weekly or bi-weekly 20-30L water changes.
    I have no problem wiping the glass but just want to find out if there isn't a bigger problem.
  2. codyrex97

    codyrex97Well Known MemberMember

    Without the nitrite and nitrate we can't tell if it's cycled.

    As for the brown algae that could be diatoms. If it comes off really easy, like, comes off if you disturb the water, then it's diatoms. If you have to works to get it off then it's algae. Diatoms are nothing to worry about at all.
  3. OP

    Innocent159Valued MemberMember

    Not really difficult but don't come off with water movement since it is between glass and gravel. You suggesting i get nitrates or nitrite test?

  4. mg13

    mg13Well Known MemberMember


    what test do you use? the API master test kit will give you everything you need and is really helpful in testing your cycle.
  5. codyrex97

    codyrex97Well Known MemberMember

    I agree, you need the API Freshwater Master Test Kit if you want to accurately test all your most important things.
  6. OP

    Innocent159Valued MemberMember

    I have to go search at bigger fish stores cause most LFS have individual test for everything. I will search. I frequently test my ammonia though because I don't know my nitrates and nitrites
  7. Maxi1Valued MemberMember

    Amazon has it for $27.49 and is Prime eligible.
  8. codyrex97

    codyrex97Well Known MemberMember

    Once you pass the first stage of the nitrogen cycle you're barely going to see ammonia, if at all, as now the nitrites will start to build. Once the nitrites drop the nitrates will build. Once you have a stable amount of,
    Ammonia 0
    Nitrite 0
    Nitrate 20-40
    Then you know you're cycled.
  9. leftswerve

    leftswerveWell Known MemberMember

    A light dusting of stuff on the glass weekly is normal

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  10. OP

    Innocent159Valued MemberMember

    I'm from South Africa. Wouldn't be cheap for me to order from Amazon
    Brown algae, just wanted to make sure it's not something worst

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