Should I start fishless cycle over?

Discussion in 'Aquarium Nitrogen Cycle' started by Amylali, Jul 23, 2015.

  1. AmylaliNew MemberMember

    Hello! I am hoping this is the right place to post this!

    Soo....I started my fish less cycle on Saturday July 5th. I have a 55 gal tank. Then the worst happened where we got evacuated out of town for 2 weeks and I could not test my water.
    Came home July 19th and water is cloudy. Ammonia is still at 4ppm (what I started with) No nitrites either. I did add dechlorinator when I set it up July 4th.
    My question is...did I ruin the cycle by leaving or should I wait it out? Why is it cloudy? Should it take this long or should I do a water change and start over?

    Update: as of today Ammonia levels are still 4ppm. no Nitrites. I do have an air stone going and a heater.
    Thanks for all your help. I just can't wait to get fish!

  2. Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    You have to start over as your cycle did not progress. What I would do is a 25% water change and leave it how it is. Get yourself a bottle of Seachem Stability and follow the instructions on the bottle and your cycle should proceed normally.

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  3. kidster9700Well Known MemberMember

    I would also set up a filter. That will help it keep the cycle.

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  4. AmylaliNew MemberMember

    Oh yes I have a filter going as well.
  5. kidster9700Well Known MemberMember

    Oh okay, then water changes will help get things going. You might want to do something larger than 25% though, since it seems to have stalled. I would do like 75%.

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  6. AmylaliNew MemberMember

    Ok I will try that. Thank you!;)

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