Is this tank cycled?

kdwyer

i have been letting my 20 gallon tank sit for 3.5 days so far. can i get my fish today?
 

StarGirl

Did you just fill it 3 days ago?
 
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StarGirl

If you want to do a fish-in cycle you can. That involves lots of water changes. What kind of fish are you planning on?
 
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kdwyer

If you want to do a fish-in cycle you can. That involves lots of water changes. What kind of fish are you planning on?
probably some angelfish and a pleco
 
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e_watson09

A 20g tank is really too small for angels or plecos. Make sure you look up how to do a fishless cycle with your tank. Honestly learning this and doing this up front will make the hobby way easier and more enjoyable!
 
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AquaCaitlin

As others have said it will be best to research the nitrogen cycle and look into doing a fishless cycle.

You will also have to change what you’re planning to stock with as an angel and a pleco cannot fit in a 20gal.

If you would like we can throw up some better stocking options
 
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StarGirl

A lot of fish stores are notorious for telling people to let it sit for a few days and cycle. This is not what the nitrogen cycle is. It takes a month sometimes longer to cycle depending if you do fish in or fishless.
 
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kdwyer

As others have said it will be best to research the nitrogen cycle and look into doing a fishless cycle.

You will also have to change what you’re planning to stock with as an angel and a pleco cannot fit in a 20gal.

If you would like we can throw up some better stocking options
yes that would be great!
 
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StarGirl

Is your tank a 20h or 20L? That make a big difference.
 
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StarGirl

I really would look up the nitrogen cycle first and see what it involves. You will have a while to see what fish you want.
 
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fishbreeeder

Get some platys and if you do you can get them today as platys can ajust
 
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AquaCaitlin

For alternative stocking:

Active fish:
You could get a school of tetras (like neons or maybe embers)
You could maybe get some guppies or endlers, although if you get both genders they will breed.

Centerpiece fish:
A trio of honey gourami would look really nice.
Maybe some rams? I haven’t had them before though.

Bottom dwellers:
Maybe some Corydoras
Khuli loaches could be another option

These are just a few suggestions
 
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StarGirl

Being new to the hobby I would stay away from Rams for now. Tetras, guppies and Platys are good ideas. Dwarf cories too.
 
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Fisheye

Is your tank 24" wide or 30" wide? There is a 6" difference in length between a long and tall. This will have somewhat of an impact on the fish you can have.
 
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kdwyer

hi i’m cycling my 20 gallon fish tank. i tested my waters today and the readings were 7.6 ph, 0 nitrite, 0.25-0.50 ammonia and 0 nitrate. can i add fish now?
 
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Fisheye

Not until you have 0 Ammonia, 0 Nitrite and 20 or under nitrate. I know waiting is hard but everyone will tell you that if you do this right, you'll avoid a lot of trouble down the road. What has been your method to cycle?

Do you have plants in your tank? Post a pic of your setup if you would.

What number and species of livestock will you be adding once it's cycled?
 
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kdwyer

Not until you have 0 Ammonia, 0 Nitrite and 20 or under nitrate. I know waiting is hard but everyone will tell you that if you do this right, you'll avoid a lot of trouble down the road. What has been your method to cycle?

Do you have plants in your tank? Post a pic of your setup if you would.

What number and species of livestock will you be adding once it's cycled?
i have no plants and i want to add a school or 2
 
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Fisheye

Numbers and species. Bioload will have an impact on a new cycle. What size is your tank? What filter are you running?
 
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FishGirl115

Not cycled. I agree with fisheye

if there's ammonia and/or 0 nitrates, that's a good sign that it isn't cycled yet. Has it had a nitrite spike yet?
 
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flyinGourami

Probably not. It may be cycled because the ammonia test is that false .25, but normally in a cycled tank you'll have 0 ammonia and nitrites, and a number of nitrates(0 nitrates is possible though). If it is a fish in cycle, I would add fish more slowly. If its a fishless cycle, I would make sure the tank processes 2 ish ppm of ammonia in 24 hours. Can you send a picture of readings?
 
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