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Old 02-09-2011, 06:44 PM   #1
 
Cycling my aquarium

Hey,I'm new to this forum. I just started my aquarium the other day . It's a 29 gall tank with a bio wheel pengiun 150 power filter. I have 1 live plant in the aquarium and two fake plants. I stated to cycle my aquarium with a fish. I hear it can take 1,2,3,4 weeks to complete. My PH - 7.6, High PH - 7.4, Ammonia - 0.50ppm, Nitrite - 0.50ppm and my Nitrate - 0 ppm. My Nitrites and Ammonia are suppose to be 0 and my Nitrates 10 -20ppm. does anybody know how i can establish this .
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Old 02-09-2011, 06:55 PM   #2
 
Just give it time. It can take over a month for your tank to get cycled. Until then you won't have the levels you want
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Old 02-09-2011, 07:20 PM   #3
 
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Hey,I'm new to this forum. I just started my aquarium the other day . It's a 29 gall tank with a bio wheel pengiun 150 power filter. I have 1 live plant in the aquarium and two fake plants. I stated to cycle my aquarium with a fish. I hear it can take 1,2,3,4 weeks to complete. My PH - 7.6, High PH - 7.4, Ammonia - 0.50ppm, Nitrite - 0.50ppm and my Nitrate - 0 ppm. My Nitrites and Ammonia are suppose to be 0 and my Nitrates 10 -20ppm. does anybody know how i can establish this .
hi there!!! welcome to the forums!!!!!

Im in my third week of cycling my first tank. I cycled with raw shrimp I heard that was easy so thats what I went for. still got about 2 weeks or so to go. BIO-wheel filters are the best I have thesame one! I would add more plants. 1 a week if you can your tank will cycle faster that way. how do you measure your parameters? what kind of fish are you using for the cycle? what kind of fish do you plan to have in the future? Im going to put a couple of links bellow that have helped me alot and I do recommend to read different kinds because they are all based on the perspective of the writer. Im not very experienced but alot of people here have tons of experience and are more than happy to help you with anything that you might need! your going to learn alot of things!:)

http://www.tropicalfish.site5.com/tf...ad.php?t=60022

A Beginner's Guide to the Freshwater Aquarium Cycle


if you have any more questions dont forget to ask anything at all just ask it could make a big difference to the health and well-being of your little fishies in the future!!!!

Its great that you joined our community again welcome to the tropical fish keeping forums!!!!!!

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Old 02-10-2011, 12:32 PM   #4
 
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hi there!!! welcome to the forums!!!!!

Im in my third week of cycling my first tank. I cycled with raw shrimp I heard that was easy so thats what I went for. still got about 2 weeks or so to go. BIO-wheel filters are the best I have thesame one! I would add more plants. 1 a week if you can your tank will cycle faster that way. how do you measure your parameters? what kind of fish are you using for the cycle? what kind of fish do you plan to have in the future? Im going to put a couple of links bellow that have helped me alot and I do recommend to read different kinds because they are all based on the perspective of the writer. Im not very experienced but alot of people here have tons of experience and are more than happy to help you with anything that you might need! your going to learn alot of things!:)

http://www.tropicalfish.site5.com/tf...ad.php?t=60022

A Beginner's Guide to the Freshwater Aquarium Cycle


if you have any more questions dont forget to ask anything at all just ask it could make a big difference to the health and well-being of your little fishies in the future!!!!

Its great that you joined our community again welcome to the tropical fish keeping forums!!!!!!

I bought a API Multipurpose test kit from my LFS. its was on 30$ . I would recomend going out and buying the test kit its worth it. Right now i have goldfish in the tank. He seems to be doing fine. No signs of illness or slugishness. I want to put at least two more live plants in the tank, so i can speed up the cycle. I do about a 25% water change everyday and 50% once a week. In future i want to put a balla shark, Pictus cat in the tank, and maybe a sme tiger barbs. Thers alot of usefull information in the two links. Before I started my fish tank I new nonthing about the Nitroge Cycle. I have a box of aquarium salt. Never realy used it. Do yo know what that is for?
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Old 02-10-2011, 11:03 PM   #5
 
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I bought a API Multipurpose test kit from my LFS. its was on 30$ . I would recomend going out and buying the test kit its worth it. Right now i have goldfish in the tank. He seems to be doing fine. No signs of illness or slugishness. I want to put at least two more live plants in the tank, so i can speed up the cycle. I do about a 25% water change everyday and 50% once a week. In future i want to put a balla shark, Pictus cat in the tank, and maybe a sme tiger barbs. Thers alot of usefull information in the two links. Before I started my fish tank I new nonthing about the Nitroge Cycle. I have a box of aquarium salt. Never realy used it. Do yo know what that is for?

oh okay! yeah thats the test kit we all use here:) its the liquid one right?? Oh okay...well atleast your doing water changes..goldfish are not really recommended to cycle a tank. they create alot of waste and yeah ammonia rinses fast. have you read any profiles about those fish? you need to check out their profiles or articles about how to take care of them so that you dont run into problems. Here in this website there is the tropical fish profiles you can check those out to see your fish's specifications.

thats great you need to learn how the cycle works in order to successfully keep fish long terms. I was recommended not to use any aquarium salt as it can be dangerous for the health of the fish. I too have aquarium salt but yeah dont use it because people here have years of experience and when they tell us something we really have to listen. I was told it was for thewhite cottonish looking slime fungus but yeah I guess aquarium salt is just for salt water fish...

good luck!! I hope that little goldfish makes it! definitely keep up those water changes!!!!!
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oh okay! yeah thats the test kit we all use here:) its the liquid one right?? Oh okay...well atleast your doing water changes..goldfish are not really recommended to cycle a tank. they create alot of waste and yeah ammonia rinses fast. have you read any profiles about those fish? you need to check out their profiles or articles about how to take care of them so that you dont run into problems. Here in this website there is the tropical fish profiles you can check those out to see your fish's specifications.

thats great you need to learn how the cycle works in order to successfully keep fish long terms. I was recommended not to use any aquarium salt as it can be dangerous for the health of the fish. I too have aquarium salt but yeah dont use it because people here have years of experience and when they tell us something we really have to listen. I was told it was for thewhite cottonish looking slime fungus but yeah I guess aquarium salt is just for salt water fish...

good luck!! I hope that little goldfish makes it! definitely keep up those water changes!!!!!

Yeah, its the liquid teat kit. they do create alot of waste. Ive done little reading on those. I had some in the fishtank before. My sister was taking of the tank, and didn't know anything about the nitrogen cycle. i hope the goldfish lives too . Today my readings were Ammonia - 0.50 . Nitrite - 5.0 , and Nitrate 0 ppm.
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Old 02-11-2011, 07:58 PM   #7
 
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do a water change!

If you are getting ammonia of .50, you should be doing a water change ASAP. Best of luck! Keep that ammonia level as close to 0 if you want your fish to live during cycling
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Old 02-11-2011, 08:11 PM   #8
 
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do 50% water changes EVERYDAY if you really dont want that fish to suffer. he'll be struggling for breath everytime ammonia and nitrites are that high.

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Old 02-12-2011, 06:13 PM   #9
 
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If you are getting ammonia of .50, you should be doing a water change ASAP. Best of luck! Keep that ammonia level as close to 0 if you want your fish to live during cycling

Did a 50% water change the yesterday and 20% today . Ammonia - 0.25ppm, Nitrite - 5.0 and Nitrate of 0. The ammonia level is going down slowly. I'm not going to let the goldfish die. He still looks healthy .
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