Is this tank ready to go??

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Hello, I asked about the fishless cycle in another thread but cannot find it now !

My tank set up is 15 gallon, heated at about 81 degrees, filter, gravel, 2 ornaments and 3 live plants. I started cycling two weeks ago using fish food and added a shrimp half way through. Also, the gravel from LFS was a product which contained an instant cycle liquid in the gravel bag (sorry cannot remember the products name, but LFS said it would cycle a tank in a few days, I didn't believe them though and hence went fishless anyway!).

For the last 4 days water parameters have been (on API master test):

Ammonia 0.00 or 0.25ppm
Nitrite 0.00ppm
Nitrate 80.00ppm

Does that mean the tank has now been cycled?

Thanks!
 

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heres the link I think you were looking for kalabola?

and as far as this thread, no the tank is not ready....you must have 0 for ammonia/nitrites and a nitrate reading...with ANY ammonia, you want to let it finish cycling.....you are very close tho!
 
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Thanks for reply. I did a 30% water change yesterday - some people have advised doing it once nitrates appear, is that right??. Measurements today were
Ammonia - difficult to say whether it was 0.00 or 0.25ppm on API liquid chart
Nitrite 0.00ppm
Nitrate 40.00ppm

Shall I do another water change again soon to get the nitrates down a bit, then wait for a few days for ammonia to definitely come down to zero?
 
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p.s. thanks also for the link, the one I was looking for was a specific question linked to ammonia though!
 

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did you use the caribsea instant aquarium substrate? I've considered trying this stuff, just to see its effectiveness. I used the ecocomplete african cichlid substrate that was supposed to contain 'live' bacteria but it didnt claI'm to instantly cycle like instant aquarium does.
 
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Hi, I called the LSF and the gravel product I have is Activ-Flora. There is also a review here about it .

I have to say that mine has been absolutely fine, no cloudy water or film on plants/ornaments. I went for the natural coloured version.
 
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HI again, I just did another water test and numbers were:

Ammonia 0.00 or 0.25ppm on API
nitrIte 0.00ppm
NitrAte 20.00ppm
p.H. 8.0 to 8.2

I also tested my tap water for ammonia and same result as the tank, 0.00 to 0.25 on API (I find it difficult to tell the difference between the two!). Is the tank ready for fish and anything I can do about ammonia in tap water??
 

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If your tank is cycled then the beneficial bacteria will take care of the ammonia in your tap water. Can you get anyone else to judge the colour on the ammonia strip for you? If your nitrates are that high your tank should be cycled.
 
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Thanks for reply. I'll get my partner to check the colour too. Shall I do another water change before adding fish?
 

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good idea!

WOW! you are like me... It is sooooooo difficult to read those cards... nobody in my family can pick them apart...

your nearly there... hang in there...
 
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