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28 gallon cycling/set up log
Old 05-25-2011, 01:16 AM   #1
 
28 gallon cycling/set up log

28 Gallon Tank Cycle Log

Day 1 5/25/11
Ammonia: .25 ppm
Nitrite: 0 ppm
Nitrate: 20-30 ppm
pH: 7.8
Temp: 77 Degrees F.
Notes: Set up tank; added full 250 mL of Tetra safestart, with initial dose of seachem stability, 2" worth of sand substrate, 2 sponge filters, aqueon heater, 1 large piece of drift wood with java moss, 2 anubias plants, 1 java fern plant attached via fishing line, 1 small piece of drift wood from existing 12 gallon tank with 2 anubias plants attached, 2 wisteria plants made up of 4-6 stems, 4 banana plants, 5 bunches of anacharis plants made up of 4-6 stems, and 2 amazon sword plants. Added 2 sponge filters, plus seeded material *gravel* from old tank.
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Old 05-25-2011, 07:31 PM   #2
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you shouldn't have Nitrate levels of 20-30 on the first day of a new tank, with no fish, and tons of plants. where is your ammonia coming from?

your readings look like they came from an already cycled tank.
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Old 05-25-2011, 07:44 PM   #3
 
Not sure on the ammonia as I used seachem prime on my water. It could be from some water that got transfered while I was seeding the tank. Nitrates, also could be from water. Will test later. Forgot to mention I put in 6 neon tetras. Will post an updated log soon.
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Old 05-25-2011, 09:45 PM   #4
 
Day 2 5/25/11
Ammonia: .25 ppm, >.25 ppm*
Nitrite: 0 ppm, >.25 ppm*
Nitrate: 20-30 ppm, 10-20 ppm*
pH: 7.4, 7.8*
Temp: 76, 77*
Notes: Did daily dose of sea chem stability, 8 mL.

The results with the asterisks were done later the day, at 7:40 PM, where the first results were done in the morning, at 9:30 AM. Interesting to see the nitrite go up, the ammonia and nitrate go down, and the pH go up. Wonder why the pH would jump up .4; did nothing to the water, and I am actually letting a piece of driftwood leak its tannins out. pH COULD possibly be at 7.6, but it was a shade darker than the blue on the card. Will see how things go.
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Old 05-27-2011, 03:05 AM   #5
 
Here's another one guys.

Day 3 5/27/11
Ammonia: .25 ppm, 0 ppm
Nitrite: .50 ppm, .25 ppm
Nitrate: 10-20 ppm, 20-30 ppm
pH: 7.8,7.8
Temp: 76, 76
Notes: First value was measure in the morning, before the daily dose of seachem stability. After values were taken, dosed 8 mL of seachem stability. Second value was done at night, at 12:20 AM. Also moved fish from old tank ( 3 panda corydoras, 3 three line cory, 4 sterbai corydoras) into the new tank. Added another piece of drift wood from old tank which had java moss, 1 java fern, and 1 anubias plant anchored via fishing line.
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Old 05-27-2011, 09:31 AM   #6
 
Your tap can have nitrates, some people get 20+ ppm of nitrates straight from tap.
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Old 05-27-2011, 11:19 AM   #7
 
Oh my tap supposedly has 45 nitrates to begin with! :D But it did do a minor jump from day 2 to the end of day 3.
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Old 05-27-2011, 11:50 AM   #8
 
Just a quick update; the dates are wrong. Cycling of the tank started on the 24th of May, not 25th. My bad.
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Old 05-28-2011, 01:44 AM   #9
 
Day 4 5/27/11
Ammonia: 0 ppm, .25 ppm, 0 ppm
Nitrite: .50 ppm, 1 ppm, .50 ppm
Nitrate: 20-30 ppm, 10-20 ppm, 20-30 ppm
pH: 7.8, 7.8, 7.8
Temp: 76, 78, 78
Notes: First values were taken before dosing of seachem stability. Dosed 10 mL of stability. Added 4 neon tetras, along with 2 java moss bundles. Second value was later in the day, at 9 PM. Did a 5 gallon water change, treating water with seachem prime. Third value is an hour after the water change, at 11:40 PM.
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Old 05-28-2011, 01:25 PM   #10
 
Hey guys, here's some pics of my tank and setup as an update.






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