My Cycling/betta Journey 10 Gallon Tank

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  1. RobinIsACattto

    RobinIsACatttoValued MemberMember

    Hello!

    I thought it'd be cool to post my progress on here, both to see my progress a few months/years from now and to get some feedback on what I'm doing now. So, let's go!

    3/5/19 (yesterday):
    Parameters: Same as tap-- 8, 0.5, 0, 10-20
    Set up tank
    Added prime (1mL)

    3/6/19:
    Parameters: will check 3/7!
    Added 5ppm of ammonia
    Added 5mL of Stability
    Added IALs
    Pic is of today!
     

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    AJEFishlore VIPMember

    Excited to follow along
     
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    RobinIsACattto

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    3/7/19:
    Parameters: ~6ppm; not quite as dark as 8ppm; ph- 7.4
    Added BB (2.5mL)
    Water is lightly tea colored (yay!)
    White fuzziness on driftwood-- bacterial colony I'm pretty sure
    Side bubbles have risen to top

    Side note: I put some small IALs in a media bag in my filter last night. Took them out just now. This was all just to get the ph-lowering moving along.

    Test tube info:
    You can see the ammonia clearly, but the ph was more clearly 7.4 in the high range test (which I tossed *facepalm*).
     

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    3/8/19:
    Friend's birthday today; I'm too exhausted to do much of anything XD I know my ammonia levels aren't gonna lower to zero yet lol
    Added 2.5mL of stability
    Fuzzy spot is growing :D
    A lot less bubbles now; from what I've read it sounds like it was just CO2 that was in my tap
     
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    RobinIsACattto

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    3/9/19:
    Parameters: ph-7.4; ammonia- middle area between 4&8; lighter in person
    Added 2.5mL of stability
    Tea-color is more noticeable; hoping my ph won't dip much further than it is now :)
     

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    I am also going to follow along, this reminds me of when I built my ten gallon for the first time :)
     
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    RobinIsACattto

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    3/10/19:
    Holy cow it's the tenth already jeez
    Parameters: ph: 7.4 (yay!); ammonia: not looking much different :p

    Added 2.5mL of stability
    We got some tea; may add some carbon soon XD
    The white fuzz monster is growing and it's very relaxing to watch it sway with the current
    Also kinda fun to watch a cluster of bubbles hit the filter current
    Also, found the grabby thing for the lid. I saw it in a box I was clearing and was like "oooooooooo I guess I don't have to suffer lol"
    Also give me some plant recommendations: Plant Recommendations?
     

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    Still at my lfs, but I just got 3 anubias (nanas, lancelota, and coffeefolia), and some sprialis crypts. Let's hope this goes well!
     

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    3/11/19:
    Parameters- ph: 7.2 ammonia: 4ppm

    Added Stability (2.5mL)
    Added two pumps of ferts (thrive)
    Added plants (see above for species)
    Added more gravel
    Changed hardscape; tried to find something I was somewhat happy with lol
    Added carbon into the filter; the tea color was becoming very strong. I think a ph of a little less than 8 shouldn't be that bad? I dunno
    I also took out ~50% of the water but I put it back into the tank (stored in 5g bucket while I worked)
    Finally got my fish net today, kept forgetting to get that lol it's kinda like a silky texture so it should be good for a betta. 4" btw
     

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    RobinIsACattto

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    3/12/19:
    Parameters: I forget, I think it was the usual :p

    Added Stability (2.5mL)
    Took out carbon
    Readded one pump of ferts just in case (whole story is somewhere on one of my posts, check my page)

    3/13/19:

    Parameters: ph: same ammonia: 4ppm (yay it's finally going down!)

    Added Stability
    Crypts are starting to melt a bit
    One of the leaves on the anubias nanas is looking and feeling a little weak.
    Fuzzy spot is back and better than ever :D lol

    All pics are from today
     

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    RobinIsACattto

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    3/14/19
    Happy Pi Day!

    Parameters: 7.4; 4ppm

    Fuzzy spot is actually driftwood fungus! Harmless and kinda cool looking tbh
    Crypt.... yeah he's melting ha
    No more chemicals until my ammonia goes down. Yay!
    Started using the high ph fluid to get a more confirmative 7.4 as there's no in between in the normal one.
     

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    3/15/19:
    Parameters: ph- 7.4; amm- ~4ppm
    Nitrite- ~1ppm
    A bit of a film over the top; I turned the filter down bc it was bothering the anubias nanas and I'd need the lower flow anyways for the betta. So now that's a thing.
    I guess I didn't know what melting was before-- it's really happening now lol
    Idk if it's just me but the ammonia is looking a little lighter; pic doesn't show it well so I didn't bother but I'm staying hopeful!
    Ok so I decided to test the nitrites just to see if anything's happening and what do you know I have a reading! Didn't really expect it lol but that's nice! (Btw tap is 0ppm)
     

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    3/16/19
    Parameters: I assumed ph was the same lol; 4;1;30

    Nitrates are high as usual, just decided to test. Btw those are the same as tap.
    Other parameters look about the same.
    Crypts is le melting
    Everything's looking pretty good!
    Side note: Forgot to wake up early and turn my light on this morning lol I turned it on about an hour later than usual so I'll turn it off an hour later than usual.

    Side note: decided to flaunt my tank washcloth. Really helpful for many obvious things.
     

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    Last edited: Mar 16, 2019
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    3/17/19
    Oof forgot to post yesterday. Test results weren't anything drastic, but I did scrape the fungus off the wood and LET ME TELL YOU that was a MESS to clean up. I mean, my filter cleared it up pretty quick (maybe an hour or two) but until then my tank was not pretty lol. But now it is :)
    Also added in ferts after that whole shbang.

    3/18/19
    Parameter: ....................ammonia..............is...............2ppm!!!!! YAY!!!! So excite, I can't, I just.... YES! I don't know why I'm so happy about this but it's WORKING! My little shriveled bit of self confidence just oophmed and yay!
    Ok, let me lay it out in a more readable fashion:
    Ammonia: 2ppm Nitrites: 2-5ppm (I see no color difference on the chart lol)
    Hoping for 1ppm tomorrow :)
     
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    3/19/19
    Parameters: 0.25 (OMG YAAAAY); reads 5 but drops went in dark purple

    Added ammonia (3mL)
     
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    I know it's been a while (both on this forum and this "blog"), but I just wanted to say my tank is officially cycled :) I'll be getting the betta this Sunday (as well as some hortwort and frozen food).
     
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    That's good to hear, can't wait to see your new boy.
     
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    At the fish store.... looking to get some hortwort, lugwigia, and the one :)
     
  19. Joyceheatherington

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    Love it! ]
     
  20. Bubbles_and_Fins

    Bubbles_and_FinsWell Known MemberMember

    Any luck finding “the one”? It’s so fun watching everyone’s journey! Reminds me of when I first got my sweet Reggie!
     
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