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29 gallon tank still not cycling after 5 days
Old 01-06-2010, 11:59 PM   #51
 
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The algae will thrive only if there are conditions to support it. If you keep your 29 healthy then no. I transferred som java ferns from my friend's tank and it had all kinds of black beard algae, and it never spread. It just sort of went away. Because my tank is (knock on wood) healthy. I think algae is a symptom, not the problem (Angel079, would you agree with this?)
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Old 01-07-2010, 09:37 AM   #52
 
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What does your algae look like? Green spots, green slime? Black fuzz? Green thin hair?

Algae in new set ups is EXTREMELY common simply because of the system being out of balance at this point, add to this the rise & fall of ammonia's and NO's et volia a wonderful mixture for algae. So try describe what it looks like and i'll help you the best I can.
Just please do NOT mask this problem with chemicals now, that would be no good at all in a new set up.
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Old 01-07-2010, 12:55 PM   #53
 
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It's thin green hair-like algae. But it's longer than the previous algae I described, and isn't in little clumps.
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Old 01-07-2010, 02:46 PM   #54
 
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Oh ok, so its the same algae then before, no add new developing on top of that...I already suggested what to do about that few pages back, so just ride it out
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Old 01-07-2010, 10:43 PM   #55
 
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There's an API total kit at my LFS, but there's also an API nitrite test kit at the same LFS. The total kit costs $20, and the nitrite kit costs $10. Should I just buy the nitrite kit and wait until it tests 0 to add fish, or should I buy the whole kit so I can also test pH, hardness, and alkalinity? The total kit comes with another ammonia test kit, so I would have about 200 ammonia tests, but I've never needed to test for ammonia once my 10 gallon tank was cycled.
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Old 01-07-2010, 10:52 PM   #56
 
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I would go ahead and buy the full API test kit. It has a nitrate test kit in addition to the others you listed, which is a valuable tool, even for established tanks.
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Old 01-08-2010, 03:53 PM   #57
 
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Today, the reading is...

4 ammonia
0 nitrites
0 nitrates

My tank STILL isn't cycling!!! How is this possible?! I seeded my tank from my existing one, using gravel and filter material, I added commercial bacteria, I gave the bacteria plenty of ammonia to digest, and STILL nothing is happening! It's been about 3-4 days since I brought the ammonia down to 4.0, so they should have done something with it! I gave the tank an amount of ammonia from day 1! I don't know how much ammonia the fish food gave the tank, but there should be some nitrites! After 13 days, my tank has not cycled AT ALL. I think something's wrong!
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Old 01-08-2010, 06:14 PM   #58
 
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Patience! Sometimes the cycle can take upwards of two or even three months. If indeed the ammonia levels were too high for even ammonia-eating bacteria to survive and this new, lower ammonia level has only been around for 3-4 days, you can consider yourself only 3-4 days into the cycle. Zero nitrites at 3-4 days in is pretty commonplace.
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Old 01-08-2010, 06:43 PM   #59
 
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Okay. That calms me down a little. At least I've got a little more experience in cycling tanks now. Always have a liquid test kit.
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Old 01-08-2010, 10:47 PM   #60
 
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There are refrigerated bacteria that work better than some of the non-refrigerated stuff (this is true for the brand i used anyway) that I've used to jump start cycling. I wonder if there's something about the type of ammonia or the strength or something. When I seeded from my 30 gallon to my 10 gallon I stuck a little jar of gravel from my old tank righ tunder the intake tube in my ten gallon filter. It worked after one or two days. I couldn't believe it.
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