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29 gallon tank still not cycling after 5 days
Old 01-03-2010, 10:12 PM   #41
 
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Well it could take a while for me, my ammonia is still reading around 7.0-8.0 ppm, with no nitrite.

And I just made my first harvest of my whiteworm culture, and my fish love them. They don't seem to know how to eat them, but the gulped some of them down right when I put them in there. It took a while, but now I have another source of food for my fish.

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Old 01-03-2010, 10:36 PM   #42
 
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Wow, Angel079. Your tank really got invaded with java moss! I'll have to be careful with how much I put in.

Oh wait, I said "ammonia destroyer" earlier. I mean Algae Destroyer.

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Old 01-03-2010, 11:16 PM   #43
 
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Well it could take a while for me, my ammonia is still reading around 7.0-8.0 ppm, with no nitrite.

And I just made my first harvest of my whiteworm culture, and my fish love them. They don't seem to know how to eat them, but the gulped some of them down right when I put them in there. It took a while, but now I have another source of food for my fish.
I wonder if it would help to do like a 50% WC to get rid of some of that ammonia...might take a long time for the bb to build up enough to eat all that ammo then it will really take a long time to cycle.

Mine is cycling fine now, with a nitrite reading t hat's growing (no traceable nitrate but I bet I get a reading tomorrow). Still adding fish food. I'm just enjoying taking care of the plants in there. I figure if I can keep them alive for a few weeks then I deserve some fish
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Old 01-04-2010, 08:05 AM   #44
 
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Oh wait, I said "ammonia destroyer" earlier. I mean Algae Destroyer.
I really wouldn't suggest using that at all in a new tank set up. The problem with this stuff is, its masking your initial problem that's causing you algae. So time & again unless the initial problem is battled, its gonna come back and you'll use this stuff over & over and that's not good, specially not if you plan on having pretty live plants. Stop the cause, stop the algae.
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Old 01-04-2010, 09:58 AM   #45
 
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No, I was using Algae Destroyer in my other 10 gallon setup. In my new 29 gallon, I've only used water conditioner, Stress-Zyme, and clear ammonia.
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Old 01-05-2010, 03:42 PM   #46
 
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Ok, I just did a huge w/c, and the ammonia reading is now 4 ppm. Should cycle normally now!
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Old 01-05-2010, 06:08 PM   #47
 
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Let's hope for the best for you and your fish
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Old 01-06-2010, 09:39 PM   #48
 
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How soon should I expect to see nitrites? I have a strip test kit for that, it's one of those Quick Dip 5-in-1 test strip kits, and it measures pH and hardness and (I'm guessing) alkalinity correctly, but I'm about to get a liquid nitrite test kit.
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Old 01-06-2010, 10:07 PM   #49
 
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Uhm on the strips, it'll take ya a while, won't show up on the strip until its way sky rocketing...if you could get a liquid test you'll see it go up much sooner. Usually if all is set up right, few days.
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Old 01-06-2010, 10:12 PM   #50
 
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I just put in my filter cartridge from my other tank, it's the same one I put in my tank a while earlier. I think I should take it out, my 10 gallon's beginning to suffer an algae invasion, and there's some in the filter... Would taking the filter cartridge and putting it in my 29 gallon transfer the algae problem between the tanks? There is a little algae growing on the cartridge.
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