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29 gallon tank still not cycling after 5 days

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29 gallon tank still not cycling after 5 days
Old 01-02-2010, 12:34 AM   #21
 
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was there an ammonia reading? just curious...10 tsp does sound like a lot : )
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Old 01-02-2010, 02:11 AM   #22
 
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No, there was no reading. I think the kit I got was messed up. I was going to go to Petsmart today to get a live action meter, but it was new year's day, so they closed early.
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Old 01-02-2010, 09:54 AM   #23
 
I just set up a 29 gallon and within 2 days all my levels were perfect. No fish in yet. I just rinsed rocks, decorations and live plants off in filtered water, added the water and conditioner, which is usually 1/2 tsp/gallon (leaving enough room to transfer water and fish) and kept filter running (I also turned the light off and on for plants). Easy as that. I know this works because I have a little 2.5 gallon with a betta (same set up) and a 5 gallon with a dwarf pleco and 6 danios. They all swim around happy as clams in the sand.
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Old 01-02-2010, 11:39 AM   #24
 
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Day 8, and still no nitrites or nitrates. Today I WILL get an ammonia monitor to see if there's even any ammonia. But if the reading is no ammonia, what should I do? Is it safe to add fish? My alkalinity, hardness, and ph have finally balanced out, but I don't want to kill a fish because there's ~10 teaspoons of pure ammonia in the tank! During the past couple of days, I've put in 1 teaspoon of ammonia every day. I just put some in, so something must be wrong if the ammonia monitor reads 0.
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Old 01-02-2010, 12:01 PM   #25
 
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Too late to edit, but I just read my other message and it looks like I already have the monitor and it reads 0. Just to be clear, I don't have the monitor yet. I'll keep you posted on how it goes when I put in the monitor!
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Old 01-02-2010, 01:11 PM   #26
 
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I just set up a 29 gallon and within 2 days all my levels were perfect. No fish in yet. I just rinsed rocks, decorations and live plants off in filtered water, added the water and conditioner, which is usually 1/2 tsp/gallon (leaving enough room to transfer water and fish) and kept filter running (I also turned the light off and on for plants). Easy as that. I know this works because I have a little 2.5 gallon with a betta (same set up) and a 5 gallon with a dwarf pleco and 6 danios. They all swim around happy as clams in the sand.
Do you have a nitrate reading? How did you cycle it? Seeding or food or pure amm?

Freddy--IMHO I would wait to add fish till you get a nitrate reading. My 10 gallon got a nitrite reading today after I guess about 5 days of cycling with fish food. I know you upped your temp (82, like me, right?) and used fish food. I dumped about 10 fish flakes the first morning and night, and about 10-20 every morning since then. I know it's a lot, but I want to make sure I have more bacteria than I'll need for the fish so when I introduce them they will be supported. So again IMHO if I were doing a 20 gallon I'd add like three times (fellow members might be cringing at this). I also don't mind some deteriorating food in there to fertilize my plants, since there's no fish in there.

From experience, when you add fish before you cycle, it's stressful because say you get a .5 ammonia reading with fish in there, I always worry about the fish.

And yes, please get a new test kit. Use the drops, not the test strips. Dropper test kits tend to be more accurate (API sells good ones and they last a long time so the price is spread out over time).

Good luck, fellow cycler : )

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Old 01-02-2010, 05:27 PM   #27
 
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And the reading is... MORE THAN 8.0 ppm! OFF THE CHARTS! I'll have to do a huge water change to keep the bacteria from using some sort of reverse feedback mechanism I read about. I'll try changing some of the water and see if it begins cycling in a few days. All I needed was a liquid kit! I never liked them because they were so expensive, but now I see that they have (mine has) about 100 tests in them! Well, I have to go fix the aquarium. Thanks for suggesting liquid kits, stephanieleah!
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Old 01-02-2010, 06:17 PM   #28
 
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After a 75% water change, the reading is now 7.0-8.0 ppm. I won't add any ammonia for a few days, and hopefully the bacteria will change that into nitrite! Thanks everyone!
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Old 01-02-2010, 06:18 PM   #29
 
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You NO2 is 8 that's one heck of a kit to measure that far up....uhm i'd strongly suggest a super large w/c asap, right now tonight, that's not just not a lil not good for fish...but like real bad...dang

You're cycling with fish right? (just so I'm not getting stuff mixed up again here)
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Old 01-02-2010, 09:06 PM   #30
 
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nope. pure ammonia, with decorations and a bubbler. I keep the lights on most of the time, but I'm having a little algae grow in my tank. If I treat the algae, I have to remove my filter cartridge, but if I do that, I lose a little bit of my bacteria. But there's still some on the filter plates, which are meant to hold the bacteria.

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