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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 01-09-2010, 10:36 AM   #61
 
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Alright. I'm willing to give it a try. Fingers crossed!
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Old 01-10-2010, 10:09 AM   #62
 
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I'm going out of town for the weekend, so we'll see what the reading is when I get back. And I uploaded pictures and a video of my 29 gallon aquarium!
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Old 01-10-2010, 08:15 PM   #63
 
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I just looked in my 10 gallon, and the algae is actually brown! What kind is that, and what should I do about it?
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Old 01-10-2010, 08:30 PM   #64
 
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I just looked in my 10 gallon, and the algae is actually brown! What kind is that, and what should I do about it?
Probably what's called diatoms, or commonly brown algae; very common in new tanks at some point during the first 2-3 months. It cleans off easily with a sponge scraper (on glass) or a small brush (decor), or your fingers (plant leaves, gently so as not to damage the leaves). If this occurs in established tanks (very rare), it may be due to insufficient light or an imbalance.

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Old 01-10-2010, 08:33 PM   #65
 
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Ok. My 10 gallon is established, and this is the first time I've actually had algae growing on anything in that tank.
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Old 01-14-2010, 03:53 PM   #66
 
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Oops. Sorry I didn't post with an update, but now here one is!

3 Ammonia or something close to that one of the bottles in the kit leaked and spilled chemicals all over my hand!
First Nitrite reading! :red yay:
0 Nitrate
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Old 01-14-2010, 05:04 PM   #67
 
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Yay : )
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Old 01-14-2010, 06:37 PM   #68
 
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I dunno why the second :red yay: got messed up, but I just went to the LFS and got a full kit! I feel so professional now! (I was using strips for the first test.)

So the nitrite is officially 0.3 mg/L

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Old 01-19-2010, 10:17 PM   #69
 
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Wow, sorry to make this thread go on for so long, but the bacteria in my tank are really going through that ammonia! Down to a reading of 0.5 now, from 5 a few days ago.
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Old 01-19-2010, 11:46 PM   #70
 
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Freddy, that is great news and I sure know what you are going through. It looks like your tank and the one I am waiting for is on the same time schedule. I finally got Nitrites for the first time the other day as well. I have had some Nitrates though for awhile. The ammonia is going down fast now as well! I cannot wait until this process is done. Keep us posted how how it goes. BTW, how long has your tank been cycling?
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