New 10 Gallon Tank With Trouble Cycling

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Hi all,

I got a betta for my 3 year old son about 9 days ago. We also got one of them really small (quart sized) tank for it. After doing a little reading here and there I got a 10 gallon tank for it. A week later I got 6 Blue Mickey Mouse Planties (mistake #1 not including getting the betta before having a cycled tank). My master test kit came in yesterday. I have been using Seachem Stability (new tank stablization system) and doing daily quart size water changes. After I did the test yesterday I did a 15% change last night. This evening I did a 30% change. The ammonia seem to be between .25 and .50 ppm before and after the change. However I have about 5 ppm nitrate and zero nitrite. So I am not sure if I am having a mini cycle (unlikely because my tank is so new). However I can't explain the 5 ppm of nitrate. My friend who has a salt water tank thinks the nitrate is from the tap. Anyways I am looking general direction on the aquarium and an explanation for the nitrate level.

Thanks in advance for your adviceassi.
 

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Hey


5ppm nitrate is not a lot, and yet it is probably due to your tap water (mine comes out of the tab at 5ppm too).

It’s normal for you to read first Ammonia with 0 ppm Nitrite. It takes between a week and two weeks for your nitrites to rise.

My advice- keep Ammonia around 0.2ppm and Nitrite (when they happen) below 0.5ppm.

Do daily 25% water change. No more than 2 water change per day. If you have Ammonia higher than 0,5 ppm do a 50% water change instead of a 25%. You need Ammonia to have Nitrite and this finish your cycle. But you also need to keep your fish alive - it’s about finding a balance. For now do not worry about Nitrates. Only look for Ammonia and Nitrite.

Also - maybe I didn’t understand or read that right - you have 6 platies and 1 Betta in a 10 G tank?
 
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skllkd said:
Hey


5ppm nitrate is not a lot, and yet it is probably due to your tap water (mine comes out of the tab at 5ppm too).

It’s normal for you to read first Ammonia with 0 ppm Nitrite. It takes between a week and two weeks for your nitrites to rise.

My advice- keep Ammonia around 0.2ppm and Nitrite (when they happen) below 0.5ppm.

Do daily 25% water change. No more than 2 water change per day. If you have Ammonia higher than 0,5 ppm do a 50% water change instead of a 25%. You need Ammonia to have Nitrite and this finish your cycle. But you also need to keep your fish alive - it’s about finding a balance. For now do not worry about Nitrates. Only look for Ammonia and Nitrite.

Also - maybe I didn’t understand or read that right - you have 6 platies and 1 Betta in a 10 G tank?
Yeah, I have 6 Planties and 1 betta. Also thanks for the advice.

Joey Fish said:
you need some seachem prime to help your fish through the cycle so they dont die
Thanks, I will look into getting that tomorrow.

F1avor said:
Thanks, I will look into getting that tomorrow.
I looked into it and it seem my Water Conditioner is doing the
Joey Fish said:
you need some seachem prime to help your fish through the cycle so they dont die
I am using water conditioner that seem to do the same thing as the Seachem prime. Do I still need the Seachem prime?
 

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F1avor said:
I looked into it and it seem my Water Conditioner is doing the

I am using water conditioner that seem to do the same thing as the Seachem prime. Do I still need the Seachem prime?
Does your water conditioner detoxify amonia and nitrate? Some only take chlorine out. Prime does it all
 
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Just an update. My nitrite level spiked overnight 3 days ago. It's at 2 ppm right now. I am doing daily half gallon changes and today I did a 3 gallon change. Hoping to have a nitrate spike soon. Also I got another tank for the betta. He was picking on the blue Mickey mouse platies.
 
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Sad to report that my tank is still in the nitrite phase and I have lost 2 platies and 4 shrimps. I hope I get the nitrate soon.
 
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It's been awhile since I have started the tank. Here is an update.

1) I have removed the bit conch Shelly.
2) all of the 20 shrimps are dead.
3) the platies a giving birth like crazy.
4) working on a 75 gallon tank to house all of the platies.

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