Starting a Cycle in a Bucket - the Experiment - Page 2

Rockymountainstream

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BigBeardDaHuZi said:
I really should do the frogbit experiment again, from scratch, to make sure of the numbers and see if the process is repeatable, but I am pretty happy with what I've seen.

Surely someone, somewhere, has experimented with this before. Which plants soak up the most? Floaters? Hornwort? Cabomba? Water sprite and water lettuce (are they the same?) would be fun to try.
When the stand for my quarantine tank gets here, I will set it up and cycle more media in it. It would be easier to experiment with different plants in a proper tank. The bucket is stuffed to the gills with media
That is an interesting idea, a good one . I am not an expert on plants. In fact I only have one Java fern that I got yesterday. It has been in bucket until I can fieger it out. However I do have a 8 gallon tank that I think would be good for it. May I will try one of them. I like the look of hornwort.
 

mattgirl

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Water lettuce looks a lot like frogbit but the leaves are quite different. Water sprite is kinda like water wisteria. Kinda like a fern looking plant. Some folks use it as a floating plant but others plant it. I think it would thrive either way. I have to think the really fast growing plants will soak up the most ammonia and/or nitrates.

You will really be able to grow bunches of bacteria once your 20 gallon quarantine tank is up and running.
Rockymountainstream said:
That is an interesting idea, a good one . I am not an expert on plants. In fact I only have one Java fern that I got yesterday. It has been in bucket until I can fieger it out. However I do have a 8 gallon tank that I think would be good for it. May I will try one of them.
Be sure you don't bury the roots on your java fern. They need to be either tied or glued to something instead of actually planting them. I glued mine to tiny terracotta pots. They have grown so big and so many roots the pots are almost invisible now.
 

Rockymountainstream

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mattgirl said:
Water lettuce looks a lot like frogbit but the leaves are quite different. Water sprite is kinda like water wisteria. Kinda like a fern looking plant. Some folks use it as a floating plant but others plant it. I think it would thrive either way. I have to think the really fast growing plants will soak up the most ammonia and/or nitrates.

You will really be able to grow bunches of bacteria once your 20 gallon quarantine tank is up and running.

Be sure you don't bury the roots on your java fern. They need to be either tied or glued to something instead of actually planting them. I glued mine to tiny terracotta pots. They have grown so big and so many roots the pots are almost invisible now.
Thanks. I am trying to figure out how to tie it to a peace of driftwood I have. However I do have some small terracotta pots that I can use, that seems easier. I have read of both method. But the approach on how it is done eludes me. I know this should be on a defiant thread, however how did you do it with the glue?
 

mattgirl

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Rockymountainstream said:
Thanks. I am trying to figure out how to tie it to a peace of driftwood I have. However I do have some small terracotta pots that I can use, that seems easier. I have read of both method. But the approach on how it is done eludes me. I know this should be on a defiant thread, however how did you do it with the glue?
I just put a drop of super glue jel on the pot and used a toothpick to mash a couple of the roots down into the glue. It just takes a drop of it to hold it in place until the roots grab hold of the pot.
 

Rockymountainstream

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mattgirl said:
I just put a drop of super glue jel on the pot and used a toothpick to mash a couple of the roots down into the glue. It just takes a drop of it to hold it in place until the roots grab hold of the pot.
I will definitely do that when I get home. Thanks for the info
 
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BigBeardDaHuZi

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Day 19 - Magical Frogbit?

I got no noticeable change today.

Did I read the test wrong yesterday? Did I read it wrong the day before? Was it too cloudy? The bucket is not getting much light.

A disappointing day.

I think this experiment needs to go on hold until the twenty gallon is up. That way I can give the test plants consistent light.

Back to the ammonia. Today I will add 4ppm of ammonia
 

Rockymountainstream

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BigBeardDaHuZi said:
Day 19 - Magical Frogbit?

I got no noticeable change today.

Did I read the test wrong yesterday? Did I read it wrong the day before? Was it too cloudy? The bucket is not getting much light.

A disappointing day.

I think this experiment needs to go on hold until the twenty gallon is up. That way I can give the test plants consistent light.

Back to the ammonia. Today I will add 4ppm of ammonia
One at a time is good too. I still like your idea.
 
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BigBeardDaHuZi

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Day 20

Ammonia 0
Nitrites 0
Nitrates around 200

It is sunnier today, maybe the frogbit is happy. I wish I had counted them before I put them in. They pup so fast, it can be hard to remember what you started with. I wish all my plants would grow this fast.

Dosed to 4.5 ppm ammonia
I will probably do a water change tomorrow to knock the nitrates back down. I should do it today, but I can't be arsed.
 
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BigBeardDaHuZi

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Day 21 Poor, but hardworking Froggy

Ammonia 0
Nitrites 0
Nitrates - still sitting around 100

No water change for me today. Which is nice.
Sadly, the ammonia did burn the frogbit a bit. I will add a picture in a minute with my phone. There are holes in a couple of the leaves. Also, I have some stowaways. For the first time, I've noticed a couple baby snails. They must have hitchhiked in last time I ordered plants online and hung on to the floating roots to travel to the bucket.
Maybe they added the holes? I know snails do not usually like live plants for food, but there is nothing else in the bucket to eat.
Also, is this frogbit or red root floater?

You could write books about what I don't know about plants. When I finish my African Cichlid file, I will probably start researching on plants.

Adding ammonia up to 5 ppm. Still wondering if it might be better to try and add high ammonia two times a day instead of just the morning to better simulate tank swings.
 
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BigBeardDaHuZi

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Here are the pictures of the possibly frogbit
 
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Pfrozen

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this thread has been very interesting to follow. i look forward to reading the updates every night
 

mattgirl

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BigBeardDaHuZi said:
Day 22

Ammonia 0
Nitrites 0
Nitrates over 100

Doing a 50% water change. Dosing to 6 ppm ammonia
You had mentioned earlier about adding ammonia 2 times a day. That might not be a bad idea. Just up the amount each time. If you just add the same amount morning and night all you will be doing is making more nitrates. Each time you increase the amount of ammonia you are increasing the amount of bacteria needed to clear it out.

I was looking at the picture of your frogbit. The leaves don't seem to look exactly like mine. There are so many different kinds of floating plants it is often difficult to determine exactly what we have unless an expert happens by to help us out. I had red root floaters for a very short time. Sadly they died out quickly. It seems floating plants don't ship quite as well as some other plants. Often they do come back but in my case they didn't.

I lost both dwarf water lettuce and red root floaters. I got some regular water lettuce that had been growing on a pond. Huge beautiful plant. The original died off but thankfully it produced babies. They don't grow as big as the original but are doing well.

For a while I was having to thin out my frogbit but for some odd reason it started dying off. It looks like it making a comeback now I am happy to say. I am wondering if the fact that my tanks are warmer in the summer months and the plant didn't like the warm water could be the reason for the die off. Now that it is cooling off I am seeing new plants.
 
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BigBeardDaHuZi

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Day 23

Ammonia 0
Nitrites 0
Nitrates 100-ish

Dosed Ammonia Stankalotus to 7

I will check it after work tonight. If it is back to 0, I will start dosing twice a day.

The floater... in the planted tank, you can see the roots pretty well. When they are healthy, the roots are green. Probably not RedRoot floater.
 

mattgirl

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It seems your plants no matter which floater they are, are helping some since it looks like the nitrates are holding at 100 or thereabouts. That's a good thing
 
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BigBeardDaHuZi

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Day 23 - Part 2

It has been about 12 hours

Ammonia 1.5
Nitrites 2
Nitrates up over 250

So. The bucket has been hard at work but it hasn't been able to clear 7 yet.
Still, I bet it might be able to by tomorrow. I think I will dose it to 7 again in the morning (and maybe do a partial water change based on the nitrates). If it can clear by evening, I will start dosing twice a day.
 
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BigBeardDaHuZi

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Day 24

0
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and the nitrates are back to 100. Those floaters really are doing a good job.

I will dose to 7 now and again tonight. If it hasn't zeroed out by tonight, I will only add enough ammonia to return it to 7.
Once the bucket is handling twice-a-days, I will bump it up to 8

Edit: mmm.... the floaters don't look so great though. Not enough light or to much ammonia. I hope my planted tank will spawn enough to add some replacements soon.

There are two sponge filters in the middle of the bucket, but the bucket is crammed with media. I'm not sure how much water flow I am actually getting throughout the bucket. Any chance I have de-nitrafying (sp?) bacteria growing?
 

mattgirl

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BigBeardDaHuZi said:
Day 24

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and the nitrates are back to 100. Those floaters really are doing a good job.

I will dose to 7 now and again tonight. If it hasn't zeroed out by tonight, I will only add enough ammonia to return it to 7.
Once the bucket is handling twice-a-days, I will bump it up to 8

Edit: mmm.... the floaters don't look so great though. Not enough light or to much ammonia. I hope my planted tank will spawn enough to add some replacements soon.

There are two sponge filters in the middle of the bucket, but the bucket is crammed with media. I'm not sure how much water flow I am actually getting throughout the bucket. Any chance I have de-nitrafying (sp?) bacteria growing?
I was wondering about that. It is possible the lack on oxygen in the bottom of the bucket is growing the nitrate eating bacteria. That is a good thing but I have to wonder how much ammonia and nitrite eating bacteria is growing on it. I am wondering if it is only growing on the top of it. If that is the case you may need to stir it from time to time if you are trying to grow enough bacteria to quickly cycle your big tank.

To be perfectly honest though I'm not sure you need a bucket full of media. I would think the sponge filters and only enough rock type media to fit into your filter would grow enough bacteria. You don't need a ton of media to help cycle your big tank. The most important thing is growing enough bacteria to keep processing a steadily increasing amount of ammonia.

Once all the media in this bucket is moved to your 20 gallon you can still keep increasing the amount of ammonia. You only need to have the amount of media you plan on having in the big tank. Again, it isn't the amount of media you have in the bucket that determines how much bacteria there will be. It is the amount of ammonia it will process. Once everything is moved to the 20 gallon you should be able to grow plenty of bacteria, if not to instantly cycle the big tank, but plenty to give it a great start.

Seeing how quickly the bacteria has been growing to process the steadily increasing amount of ammonia you are adding to the bucket shows you just how quickly the bacteria grows to clear out the extra ammonia. It will do the same thing in the 20 gallon and again in the big tank so once all this bacteria is moved over there the bacteria will quickly grow to handle 3, 4 or even 5ppm ammonia in the big tank.

All this to say, I don't think you need over a couple of inches of media in the bottom of the bucket. That should leave more room for water circulation.
 
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BigBeardDaHuZi

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mattgirl said:
I was wondering about that. It is possible the lack on oxygen in the bottom of the bucket is growing the nitrate eating bacteria. That is a good thing but I have to wonder how much ammonia and nitrite eating bacteria is growing on it. I am wondering if it is only growing on the top of it. If that is the case you may need to stir it from time to time if you are trying to grow enough bacteria to quickly cycle your big tank.

To be perfectly honest though I'm not sure you need a bucket full of media. I would think the sponge filters and only enough rock type media to fit into your filter would grow enough bacteria. You don't need a ton of media to help cycle your big tank. The most important thing is growing enough bacteria to keep processing a steadily increasing amount of ammonia.

Once all the media in this bucket is moved to your 20 gallon you can still keep increasing the amount of ammonia. You only need to have the amount of media you plan on having in the big tank. Again, it isn't the amount of media you have in the bucket that determines how much bacteria there will be. It is the amount of ammonia it will process. Once everything is moved to the 20 gallon you should be able to grow plenty of bacteria, if not to instantly cycle the big tank, but plenty to give it a great start.

Seeing how quickly the bacteria has been growing to process the steadily increasing amount of ammonia you are adding to the bucket shows you just how quickly the bacteria grows to clear out the extra ammonia. It will do the same thing in the 20 gallon and again in the big tank so once all this bacteria is moved over there the bacteria will quickly grow to handle 3, 4 or even 5ppm ammonia in the big tank.

All this to say, I don't think you need over a couple of inches of media in the bottom of the bucket. That should leave more room for water circulation.
Yeah, I know bacteria can heavily colonize even a small piece of property. Mostly I just wanted to seed all of the material that will go into the big tank and the quarantine tank. I haven't bought any of the sponge or floss that will go in the big sump yet, but I got a really good deal on ceramic balls (160 RMB for 10 kilos - a little over 20 bucks!) , so I bought enough to fill the sump.
 

mattgirl

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Gotcha I was just tryin' to lighten the load for you when you do your water changes
 
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BigBeardDaHuZi

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Day 24 - Part Two

10 hours later

Ammonia 1
Nitrites 2
Nitrates 150

Well, we didn't quite get to 0. A couple more hours might have done it, but I am knackered and it is time to relax.

Added 6 ppm of ammonia. We'll see if it clears by morning
 

fishkeepinginaisa

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BigBeardDaHuZi said:
Day Two: Oof

The stink did not take long. I got a nice 1.5 ppm on ammonia, but the water is slimy and has a faint stench. Well, kind of faint. "Stench" is probably the right word though.

The control bucket is getting dumped and cleaned. I pulled the shrimp from the test bucket too, but I didn't dump the water yet. I put some media from a cycled tank in today and I want to give it a chance to get started. I will see how the numbers look tomorrow.

I am going to fill up the other bucket with some water to de-chlorinate over night and I will probably change the water on the test bucket tomorrow. (I don't want to add a dechlorinator because that would bind up my ammonia/nitrites).

After that, I will need to try again to get some pure ammonia or just go with fish food.


This experiment has been a success of sorts already. I can definitely recommend not trying the shrimp.
I think this is a really neat idea. I can't wait to see photos of this tank man
 
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BigBeardDaHuZi

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Day 25

Ammonia 0
Nitrites .5
Nitrates 250

Doing a 50% water change. Dosing to 7 ppm.

The floaters are not looking to good.

The stand for the 20 gallon is coming today. Hopefully I can set it up today too.
 

mattgirl

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I was afraid that would be the case for your floaters but am sorry it happened so fast.

I know you are going to be happy to be able to finish up this experiment it a much bigger container.
 
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BigBeardDaHuZi

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Day 25 Part Two - Forgot the bucket until it was just about bedtime.
Ammonia 0
Nitrites 0
Nitrates 200

Dosed to 7.

I will aim for 7.5 in the morning
 
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BigBeardDaHuZi

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Day 26 - A Real Test

Ammonia 0
Nitrites 0
Nitrates 250+

Did a 75% water change. Dosed to 7.5

The 20 gallon is set up, bare empty, and filled with water. What kind of numbers can my bucket children handle?

I put a kilo of mixed ceramic media in the filter section of the tank and dosed the tank to 3 ppm. We'll see how it looks tomorrow.
 

mattgirl

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It is great that you have more water to work with. I think you are on the right track starting out low. As you probably already know, let your numbers tell you what to do next. If the 3ppm goes down quickly you will know you can start upping the amount of ammonia you add each day.
 

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BigBeardDaHuZi

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Day 26 - evening test

Ammonia 1
Nitrites .5
Nitrates 100

Did I lose some firepower when I took a kilo of media out of the bucket? Was 7.5 just too much?

Probably a little of column A, a little of column B.

I added another 6 ppm of Ammonia and we'll check it in the morning.

... Testing twice a day is a pain in the butt
 
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BigBeardDaHuZi

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Day 27 - How bizarre
In the bucket.
Ammonia 2
Nitrites 0
Nitrates 250

Well, that is strange

In the 20 gallon
Ammonia 2
Nitrites over 5
Nitrates 100

The 20 is about what I expected. The bucket is kindof weird.

I am going to leave them both alone and dose/check them again tomorrow morning. Give them a little time to clear.
 
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BigBeardDaHuZi

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Day 28 - Clear Not Clear

The bucket is on zeroes for ammonia and nitrite.
Nitrate is at 100+


The 20 gallon
Ammonia 1.5
Nitrites 10
Nitrates 250

I kinda want to do a water change for the nitrites and nitrates, but I wish I could leave the ammonia alone.

Well, we are leaving town until tomorrow night. I'm gonna dose the bucket to 9 and leave the tank alone. Hopefully it isn't stalled
 

mattgirl

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I have to wonder where all the nitrates came from in the 20 gallon. It hasn't processed enough ammonia to have anywhere near that much nitrate.

since you are having to test so often have you considered test strips? they are quick. easy and should give you ball park numbers.
 
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BigBeardDaHuZi

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mattgirl said:
I have to wonder where all the nitrates came from in the 20 gallon. It hasn't processed enough ammonia to have anywhere near that much nitrate.

since you are having to test so often have you considered test strips? they are quick. easy and should give you ball park numbers.
Yeah, I am using test strips. JBL from Germany. I wish i could find the Tetra ones here.

It could be that the test strips aren't right. I really need to pick up an API Master test kit and check them
We'll see how it looks tomorrow
 

mattgirl

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BigBeardDaHuZi said:
Yeah, I am using test strips. JBL from Germany. I wish i could find the Tetra ones here.

It could be that the test strips aren't right. I really need to pick up an API Master test kit and check them
We'll see how it looks tomorrow
Your JBL test strips may be just as reliable as any of the others but I am still wondering where those nitrates are coming from. I have to think it is a false reading in this case.

The liquid tests do seem to be as reliable as we need them to be. I wouldn't be testing for nitrates daily during this experiment though. There really is no need to know the exact nitrate number. the ammonia, nitrite and pH are the numbers we need to check on. As long as the ammonia is going down the cycle is moving forward.
 
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BigBeardDaHuZi

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mattgirl said:
Your JBL test strips may be just as reliable as any of the others but I am still wondering where those nitrates are coming from. I have to think it is a false reading in this case.

The liquid tests do seem to be as reliable as we need them to be. I wouldn't be testing for nitrates daily during this experiment though. There really is no need to know the exact nitrate number. the ammonia, nitrite and pH are the numbers we need to check on. As long as the ammonia is going down the cycle is moving forward.
So, with the test strips, my nitrate reading looks pretty reasonable after 30 seconds, but by the time the ammonia test vial is done settling and ready to read, the nitrate marker is much darker.
Before, I would usually take the 30 second reading. But then I wondered if I was cheating.
I will get home some time this afternoon to look at the new numbers.
 

mattgirl

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It is possible the test strips are like the liquid test. The longer the nitrate solution sets the darker it gets but the true reading is the color you see at 5 minutes. Since I've not used the test strips I don't know how long it takes to develop but I have to think there is a specific amount of time it takes to get to the true reading.
 
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BigBeardDaHuZi

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Day 30 - While the beard is away, the nitrates will play

Bucket
0
0
Nitrates 250
Doing a 75% water change - dose to 9ppm

20 gallon - Nitrite stall
Ammonia 0
Nitrites 10
Nitrates 250
Doing a 50% water change - no new dose. I want the Nitrites to catch up
 

Rockymountainstream

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BigBeardDaHuZi said:
While the beard is away, the nitrates will play
Haha
 

mattgirl

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BigBeardDaHuZi said:
Day 30 - While the beard is away, the nitrates will play

Bucket
0
0
Nitrates 250
Doing a 75% water change - dose to 9ppm

20 gallon - Nitrite stall
Ammonia 0
Nitrites 10
Nitrates 250
Doing a 50% water change - no new dose. I want the Nitrites to catch up
If it were me I would go ahead and add ammonia after the water change in the 20 gallon. Since there are no fish to worry about it isn't going to be a problem letting the nitrites continue to raise before the drop. Feeding just continues to grow ammonia eating bacteria.
 
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BigBeardDaHuZi

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mattgirl said:
If it were me I would go ahead and add ammonia after the water change in the 20 gallon. Since there are no fish to worry about it isn't going to be a problem letting the nitrites continue to raise before the drop. Feeding just continues to grow ammonia eating bacteria.
The ammonia eaters are on course, but the nitrite chompers are lagging/stalling again. They are definitely there.
I'll let it rest one more day.

There is still plenty of time before I need the tank ready. I have vacation for the next couple days, but starting on Tuesday I have the week from H E double hockey sticks coming up. After that week is over I might start putting the tank to use
 
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BigBeardDaHuZi

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Day 31 - A Day for Dosing - or - A Date with Stank

Bucket
Ammonia 0
Nitrites 0
Nitrates 100
Dosed to 10.5 ppm ammonia stankalotus

20 gallon tank
Ammonia 0
Nitrites 2
Nitrates 25

Dosed to 4.5 ppm
 

Backblast72

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BigBeardDaHuZi said:
I have a big tank coming in a month and most of my research is done. I need something new to work on while I wait. Hence the experiment.

Question: Can you do a complete cycle in a bucket and start off with a cycled tank?
(I say cycled, not seasoned. Once the media is in the actual tank, things will still need to settle.)

Equipment: Two big buckets with 20L of water in each.

Bucket One will have a sponge filter in the bottom and 10 kilos of ceramic balls.
It also has about a kilo of crushed coral to buffer the KH and keep the pH over 7. (My water out of the tap is 7 pH, 6 KH, 7 GH)
After the ammonia starts to show up, I will also add a little bit of cycled media from another tank. - I'm a little torn on this one. I am curious if the cycle will complete without the nudge, but also really want the cycle to finish in a month. Any thoughts?
The temperature is about 25 celcius/75 fahrenheit. I may add a heater later to kick it up a notch. Also, fall is setting in. My house may get a bit cooler.

Bucket Two is the control bucket. It will have an airstone to keep the water moving/prevent stagnation.

Source of Ammonia: Fresh, dead shrimp.
I don't have access to Dr. Tim's and, also, I am a bit inclined to try the natural method. This will not be as accurate, but the shrimp will be a constant source of ammonia and will not require fiddling with drops of ammonia on a daily basis. In Bucket Two, we should see how much ammonia one shrimp can produce. If needed, in Bucket One I can double, triple or quadruple the shrimp as time goes on.

Assumption: One dead shrimp will produce as much ammonia as six 3" African Cichlids.

Assumption: The shrimp will start to stink after a while and I will probably need to change them out from time to time.


How long till they stink? Will the ammonia in the control bucket reach levels toxic to bacteria?



Assumption: One fresh, dead shrimp will produce as much ammonia as six 3" African Cichlids.


Blah, I had this all spaced out and formatted for easy reading. Apparently spaces are the devil and they have all been eliminated.
Good Morning Bigbeard

I am constantly reading about our hobby and I found this media called: “Biohome.” The neat thing about this stuff is that it allows you to have both aerobic and anaerobic bacteria in your media. The aerobic bacteria will help you with the conversion of ammonia into nitrite and nitrite into nitrate. But aerobic bacteria will not convert nitrite into nitrate. And this is where our anaerobic friends come into play. The anaerobic bacteria will convert nitrate into soluble nitrogen and thus, completing your nitrogen cycle. There is even a guy on YouTube called Richard aka: “The Pondguru.” He explains in great detail how this media works and why it works the way it does. He also, gives you great tips and advice on how to properly have your media baskets inside your canister filter to not only maximize filtration but also complete your natural nitrogen cycle.

There is also these bacteria balls that he talks about which are filled with this gel and you put them inside your media baskets which help you jump start your cycle in the tank and ensure you don’t suffer from new tank syndrome. I used something similar in my set up of my 75 gallon dirted tank and it work great. By the end of six weeks my tank was cycled. So I would recommend taking a look at these. Especially if your looking at a large tank set up. They usually require bigger colonies of this beneficial bacteria and getting all the help you can will only help you in the long run. Oh and by the way, I did a fish in cycle and my fishes are doing well.

 
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BigBeardDaHuZi

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Backblast72 said:
Good Morning Bigbeard

I am constantly reading about our hobby and I found this media called: “Biohome.” The neat thing about this stuff is that it allows you to have both aerobic and anaerobic bacteria in your media. The aerobic bacteria will help you with the conversion of ammonia into nitrite and nitrite into nitrate. But aerobic bacteria will not convert nitrite into nitrate. And this is where our anaerobic friends come into play. The anaerobic bacteria will convert nitrate into soluble nitrogen and thus, completing your nitrogen cycle. There is even a guy on YouTube called Richard aka: “The Pondguru.” He explains in great detail how this media works and why it works the way it does. He also, gives you great tips and advice on how to properly have your media baskets inside your canister filter to not only maximize filtration but also complete your natural nitrogen cycle.

There is also these bacteria balls that he talks about which are filled with this gel and you put them inside your media baskets which help you jump start your cycle in the tank and ensure you don’t suffer from new tank syndrome. I used something similar in my set up of my 75 gallon dirted tank and it work great. By the end of six weeks my tank was cycled. So I would recommend taking a look at these. Especially if your looking at a large tank set up. They usually require bigger colonies of this beneficial bacteria and getting all the help you can will only help you in the long run. Oh and by the way, I did a fish in cycle and my fishes are doing well.

I have heard of pondguru. I really need to look him up before I stuff my sump.

Very nice tank
 
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BigBeardDaHuZi

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Day 32 - A Confusing Read

Bucket

Ammonia 1.5
Nitrites 0
Nitrates 150 ish

20 gallon

Ammonia 2
Nitrites 5
Nitrates 100

The 20 is coming along nicely. No ammonia today.

The bucket is a little strange. I have ammonia but no nitrites. I'm going to add 9 ppm of ammonia and bring it back to 10.5
 
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Day 33 - Lazy Bacteria and the Disappointed Beard

Bucket
Ammonia 3
Nitrites 0
Nitrates 250

20 gallon
Ammonia 2
Nitrite 5
Nitrate 100

Well, I am perplexed. These readings are not making much sense.

I tested the tap water from the filter for ammonia and I am getting a slight yellow tinge to the water. I doubt the filtered water has any ammonia in it. Maybe the plastic vial is no good?
Retested the 20, same ammonia number. Did I have a bacteria die off somehow?

Temperature 25
GH 4
KH 3
pH 6.8

I have already ordered new test kits for GH, KH, pH, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate. Not the API ones, sadly. They cost about 100% more than the local kits. But I should have a clearer reading soon.
 

mattgirl

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I agree, this is perplexing. Strange that every thing has almost come to a standstill. I have to think something it needs has been depleted and needs to be replenished. Have you changed any water in either tank or bucket lately?
 
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BigBeardDaHuZi

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mattgirl said:
I agree, this is perplexing. Strange that every thing has almost come to a standstill. I have to think something it needs has been depleted and needs to be replenished. Have you changed any water in either tank or bucket lately?
Within the last week. The bucket always get filtered water. I put conditioner in the 20 after a water change
 

mattgirl

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BigBeardDaHuZi said:
Within the last week. The bucket always get filtered water. I put conditioner in the 20 after a water change
Maybe they just needed some rest time Hopefully they will get back to processing all that ammonia after this short time snooze.

Is it possible all the good stuff is being filter out of the water for the bucket and now that it is having to process higher amounts of ammonia it is struggling?
 
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BigBeardDaHuZi

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Day 36? - Time for a Trim

My beard is in fine form, but it is starting to strain my coffee again. Where are my scissors....

Bucket
Ammonia 0
Nitrites 0
Nitrates 250

No big surprises here. I have been too busy with work to do anything with my experiments for a couple days. At least it proves the ammonia bacteria is not dead.

20 gallon -
Ammonia .5
Nitrites 2
Nitrates 250

..... Did I have a die off? Very frustrating. The flow from the pump that came with the tank is not very strong. Maybe I am not getting enough turnover? I was planning to replace the pump anyways. Maybe sooner is better than later.

I have new test kits coming in the mail. Hopefully these will be more accurate/easier to use.

Dosing the bucket back to 10.5 ppm.
The 20 to 3 ppm
 
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BigBeardDaHuZi

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I wonder if I forgot to put the water conditioner in last water change and killed my BB.
Maybe I should switch the media out
 

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