Am I cycling this right?
Tropical Fish

Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources » Freshwater Fish and Aquariums » Beginner Freshwater Aquarium » Am I cycling this right?

Am I cycling this right?

This is a discussion on Am I cycling this right? within the Beginner Freshwater Aquarium forums, part of the Freshwater Fish and Aquariums category; --> I have a 5 gallon corner Eclipse that I started cycling Sunday night using Stability ("bacteria in a bottle"). I added enough ammonia to ...

Check out these freshwater fish profiles
Siamese Fighting Fish
Siamese Fighting Fish
Hengels Rasbora
Hengels Rasbora
Reply
LinkBack Thread Tools vBmenu Seperating Image Search this Thread vBmenu Seperating Image
Am I cycling this right?
Old 03-18-2009, 10:34 AM   #1
 
Am I cycling this right?

I have a 5 gallon corner Eclipse that I started cycling Sunday night using Stability ("bacteria in a bottle"). I added enough ammonia to make the reading 4 ppm. The Stability said to use it for 7 days.
I am still getting a reading of about 4 ppm ammonia (this morning, day #4).....do I just wait till it goes down before I add more ammonia? Meanwhile just keep adding the Stability every day?
Thanks!

PS: I am doing the fishLESS cycling
AmyK is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2009, 11:23 AM   #2
 
adpierin11's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by AmyK View Post
I have a 5 gallon corner Eclipse that I started cycling Sunday night using Stability ("bacteria in a bottle"). I added enough ammonia to make the reading 4 ppm. The Stability said to use it for 7 days.
I am still getting a reading of about 4 ppm ammonia (this morning, day #4).....do I just wait till it goes down before I add more ammonia? Meanwhile just keep adding the Stability every day?
Thanks!

PS: I am doing the fishLESS cycling
I have no idea about the stability product. I simply take the ammonia and pour it in the tank to about 5ppm and I keep adding the same amount everyday. And once my tank starts reading nitrites I lower the amount of ammonia added to about 3ppm. And then once the tank starts reading nitrates, you are done.
I don't trust any of those "bacteria in a bottle" things.
adpierin11 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2009, 12:20 PM   #3
 
Ok thanks. But if I add ammonia every day, won't that raise the ammonia to a really high level if the Stability hasn't started working yet and I am still getting ammonia at 4 ppm readings with just adding it that once?? I'm so confused!~
AmyK is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2009, 03:48 PM   #4
 
Twistersmom's Avatar
 
I have not used Stability, But when doing a fishless ammonia cycle, I did not add any more ammonia until I saw a drop in levels.
I would wait till you see ammonia drop to 2ppm, then bump it back up to 3-4 pm.
Keep bumping it back up around 3ppm daily.
The cycle is finished when ammonia and nitrites can both drop to zero 12hrs after adding the ammonia. (after the nitrite spike)
Twistersmom is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
cycling help NVmySSmaro Freshwater and Tropical Fish 5 11-30-2009 06:08 PM
cycling Jamesy14 Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 12 04-20-2009 01:35 PM
Cycling with Biozyme? instant cycling Livelifelaughlove Freshwater and Tropical Fish 2 03-22-2009 12:23 PM
Cycling tennis4you Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 3 08-06-2007 01:45 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:46 AM.