01-21-2014, 01:55 AM
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Depends on lots of things like water quaality from our tap, water circulation, heat, and chance. Usualy a total of 2-4 weeks for a full cycle. First ammonia is converted into nitrite(1-2 weeks) then nitrite is converted to nitrAte ( another1 -2 weeks) . The process is slow, but the results are longlasting and worth the wait.
No more water changes are neccessary till nitrate begins to accumulate.
High oxygen levels speed up the process, so an extra filter or airstone or powerhead is good to use if you have one. Also, keep that heat cranked to 86°F. If you know someone who has an established tank, get some gravel or rocks from their tank and add it to yours. If you can get a used filter pad or filter material that's even better to start your cycle.
Best of luck to you and if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask!
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