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Am I doing this right?
Old 03-19-2010, 07:14 PM   #1
 
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Am I doing this right?

Fishless cycling

Tank: 6.6 gallon
Filters: 2 Penn-Plax small world filters

Timeline: Just over 2 week mark

Added enough NH3 to be at approx 5 ppm/day. Checked nitrites daily. Once I got a nitrite reading, cut the number of drops in half, to 3 per day.

Current readings @ 3 drops/day:

Amm: .5

Ites: 1-2

Ates: 7-8

This is up from the past few days where the readings were .5, 3, and 5 respectively.

Do I just keep this up until I don't have a nitrite and ammonia reading? Do I need to up the drops or is this ok?

Please give me any suggestions because I don't want to mess anything up!

Thank you!!
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Old 03-19-2010, 07:35 PM   #2
 
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Think it's safe to say you can stop adding.
Let the tank do it's thing and just test the water. When the readings are as they should you can start adding fish(few at a time not the whole bunch).
BTW why did you go that route? Why not just let the tank do it's thing on it's own? I'm curious about this as many ppl go this way, is it time or you just want to take part in the cycle thing?
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Old 03-19-2010, 07:54 PM   #3
 
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But won't the bacteria die without a source of ammonia? i.e. if I stop adding ammonia now, won't the nitrites and nitrates eventually die off?

I went this route because I had two bettas in there and the ammonia was getting too high and I did not want to have to do WCs every other day. I'd rather not have to do it this way, but it seems much easier on the fish (they are in smaller kritter keepers with every-other-day WCs until this is done).
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Old 03-19-2010, 08:01 PM   #4
 
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Just let it cycle by itself at best add 1-2 flakes of fish food each day.
Once the cycle starts it's started. I cycled my 25L tank with nothing but a bit of fish food, then when the cycle is done you add fish thus more ammonia etc.
For how long did you intend to add ammonia anyway? You have to stop somewhere right? So what's the difference if you stop now or in a month? Some day you still run out of ammonia, etc and that's when you add live stuff to the tank.
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Old 03-19-2010, 08:08 PM   #5
 
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On another forum their guide says to add ammonia until nitrItes and ammonia are both are 0 (thus converting to nitrates almost instantly). That's why I am still adding. I don't have flakes - would pellets work? There are still probably a few pellets at the bottom now since there used to be fish in there...
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Old 03-20-2010, 03:32 AM   #6
 
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I'd continue to do what you're doing. The tank is cycled once your ammonia dose (however much it takes to get up to 3-5 ppm) is completely converted to nitrate (i.e. no ammonia or nitrite reading) after twelve hours have passed. At that point you can do a water change to bring the nitrates down and you should be ready for fish.
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Old 03-20-2010, 12:18 PM   #7
 
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I agree with batman. Keep doing what you're doing. Once your ammonia and nitrites read 0 after 12 hrs or so from your ammonia dose you should be ready for fish. Just do a water change before you add any.

Redknee, the cycle will be interrupted if there is no more ammonia source (whether it be pure ammonia or fish food) since the BB need a food source to survive. Using pure ammonia rather than the fish food is actually a bit cleaner way to go as there will be no moldy fish food accumulating on the bottom of the tank.
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Old 03-20-2010, 02:42 PM   #8
 
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That fish food is soon to be plant food.
I don`t doubt the ammonia adding method works BUT it`s forced and i never like forcing it when it comes to live things.
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