Water Changes 5 Gallon Tank

Discussion in 'Water Changes' started by Cole101, Apr 21, 2018.

  1. Cole101Valued MemberMember

    I have a 5 gallon long that I’ve been cycling for about a week now and it’s showing some progress I’ve been doing 25% water changes every day. Is that to much and to often? What would you guys suggest thanks for any feedback!
  2. Caleb SmithValued MemberMember

    it depends on if you are doing fish-in or fishless cycling. If you are doing fish-in, you need to do water changes to keep the levels tolerable for your fish. If you are doing fishless, you only have to do them to prevent levels from getting high enough to stall your cycle
  3. Cole101Valued MemberMember

    Ok thank you I’m doing a fishless cycle.
  4. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    How are you adding the ammonia source?

    Have you tested your parameters?

    I would stop with the water changes unless ammonia or nitrites get too high and stall the cycle.
  5. Cole101Valued MemberMember

    Went to the fish store today to get the water tested as I don’t have an ammonia test kit ammonia is at .1 nitrites are between .1 and .2 and nitrates are at 0 I haven’t added an amonua source but the tank is currently well planted with Monte Carlo. And thank you for the advice!
  6. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    Your tank won't cycle without an ammonia source. It seems like you have ammonia in your tap, but I don't think it'll be enough for it to cycle. I'd look up more information on doing a fishless cycle (some good threads on the forum), pick up a bottle of pure ammonia, and cycle the tank.

    I'd pick up your own liquid test kit. If you're in the US, you can get the API freshwater master kit cheaply online. You'll have a hard time fishless cycling without it.
  7. Cole101Valued MemberMember

    Ok will swing by the fish store in the next few days to get the test kit and some ammonia thank you so much for the help!
  8. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    You might need to get ammonia from a hardware store - just make sure to get one without a surfactant.

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