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Ok so my 40gal. that I just transferred to from a 10gal. is cycling AGAIN I think, (or minI cycling from what I'm guessing) I used the filter and some gravel from the 10 gallon tho try and jumpstart the process but it's been about a week and the tank is still cloudy! (Is there such a thing as TOO MUCH BB?) Well my initial question is this: if my tank is still cycling is it better or safer to do a water change or do I just wait it out?

Any help is sooooo very much appreciated, and thank you I'm so glad this community answers my questions (hopefully they're not too dumb lol)
 

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619DevSD said:
Ok so my 40gal. that I just transferred to from a 10gal. is cycling AGAIN I think, (or minI cycling from what I'm guessing) I used the filter and some gravel from the 10 gallon tho try and jumpstart the process but it's been about a week and the tank is still cloudy! (Is there such a thing as TOO MUCH BB?) Well my initial question is this: if my tank is still cycling is it better or safer to do a water change or do I just wait it out?
well you're on the right track if you transferred the filter with all the old media full of bacteria.

the way to know if you're tank is safe is to test your parameters. ammonia, nitrite & nitrate.
 
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I'm sorry I forgot to list them, I've been checking the with 5 in 1 easy test strips.
Readings are: nitrate:
Nitrite: 20-40
Total hardness: .5-1.0
Total alkalinity: 120
pH: 6.8

Oops that was all wrong!
Nitrate is 20-40
Nitrite is .5-1.0
Hardness is 150
Alkalinity is 120
pH is 6.8 - 7.2

Sorry for the mix up and again thank you for the help
 
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That's all the strips read, how to read the ammonia levels?

But I have used ammonia neutralizer
 

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Get a master test kit they're way more accurate! It should have ammonia nitrite nitrate ph kh gh and from there they can vary extras can include iron and co2.
If there's still detectable levels of nitrite or ammonia it's not cycled. I don't think thete is such a thing as too much bb if they're not getting fed they die off but too few and you've got a problem
 

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Do you have fish in this tank? Assuming yes I would do a large water change to bring the Nitrite level down closer to 0. Keep testing and keep water changing.
 
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Will get a Master test kit soon as I get paid on Friday, should I do a water change though? And do I treat the water with the Tetra kit?

Yes there's fish, 6 fry( mollies) 1 algae eater, 2 guppies, 4 mollies of 4 months old and the 1 black Mollie that birthed the fry that's in there now
 

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Do you have tetra safe start there? Is so use it. The test kit isn't for treating it's only for showing the levels of chemicals present so you can act in accordance with what you're seeing.you can use seachem prime or seachem safe to detoxify ammonia and nitrate.dosing instructions are on the packet. I'm not sure if those will affect how or if tetra safe start work or if it will give you false readings on a test it can vary between brands. Do water changes to keep the water as non toxic as possible.nitite poisoning is a pretty sucky thing and nobody wants to treat sick fish if it can be avoided in the first place. Depending on what kind of algae eater you have they can be pretty sensitive to bad water quality so be careful
 
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Ok so then I'll do water changes, thank you so much for the help. So glad I found this site still new to the fish hobby
 

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Yup if in doubt change it out! Dont worry you'll get the hang of it yet!
 

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