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Cycling question.....
Old 02-02-2010, 08:03 AM   #1
 
Cycling question.....

Hello

I set up my 34L tank three weeks ago - put gravel and live plants in and let it cycle for a week. Then I added some fish food every day for another week.
Water quality a week ago was Ph 7.5 (seems to be what our tap water is), no ammonia, and trace amounts of nitrate and nitrite.
I got three white cloud mountain minnows a week ago and they've been doing well so far - lively and curious when i look at them. Water quality today is ph 7.5 again, no ammonia, and even less nitrate and nitrite than last week.
Question is.... i hear lots of things about ammonia 'spike' during cycling, but i don't seem to have this - or with the nitrates/nitrites either. Have i done something wrong, or have i just been lucky?
I did a 10-15% water change today and added some plant food, and the fish seem to be ok again.
I have only been feeding them once a day - does this have something to do with it?

How soon can i add more fish (i'd like another 5 or 6 minnows)?

Sorry for all the questions !
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Old 02-02-2010, 08:44 AM   #2
 
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Hello

I set up my 34L tank three weeks ago - put gravel and live plants in and let it cycle for a week. Then I added some fish food every day for another week.
Water quality a week ago was Ph 7.5 (seems to be what our tap water is), no ammonia, and trace amounts of nitrate and nitrite.
I got three white cloud mountain minnows a week ago and they've been doing well so far - lively and curious when i look at them. Water quality today is ph 7.5 again, no ammonia, and even less nitrate and nitrite than last week.
Question is.... i hear lots of things about ammonia 'spike' during cycling, but i don't seem to have this - or with the nitrates/nitrites either. Have i done something wrong, or have i just been lucky?
I did a 10-15% water change today and added some plant food, and the fish seem to be ok again.
I have only been feeding them once a day - does this have something to do with it?

How soon can i add more fish (i'd like another 5 or 6 minnows)?

Sorry for all the questions !
Plants will use ammonia for growth and levels of ammonia could be in safe zone for the three fish you have. I would monitor nitrites and when they read zero each day for a week . You could possibly add another four whiteclouds in my opinion. Nitrates in planted tanks are also at lower levels than tanks without live plants but I will let those more expierience with planted tanks comment further. You have roughly eight gallon tank. would not add too many fish.
Your feeding schedule sounds good to me. Keep an eye on nitrites and change water if they rise above .25 Same for ammonia.
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Old 02-02-2010, 08:47 AM   #3
 
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I'd monitor these readings for a lil while before adding any other fish. Also what are you testing this with, strip tests or liquid?

For the water exchange 2 things that come to my mind there: 1) You'd wanna do a weekly, every week, exchange of about 30-40% 2) ALways use a good water conditioner on the tap water before adding it to your tank.
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Old 02-02-2010, 09:29 AM   #4
 
Thanks for the answers. I've been testing with a nutrafin testing kit - liquid variety where you have the test tubes and add the various liquids for the four tests.
I did condition the tap water before adding it to the tank as well, and made sure the temperature was pretty much the same as the tank - today was the first water change i'd done, so i'll be more confident about them in future. I was a bit worried about how the fish would be, but they seem fine!
Nitrates, nitrites and ammonia have all been below .25 so far.
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Old 02-02-2010, 09:49 AM   #5
 
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Ok, excellent choice there on the test kit (was just wondering cause it you'd used strips, that's be the reason right there you had no readings lol)
Yea as long as you condition the water have it +/- the same Temp (not ice cold or super hot) and add it all will be just fine
Just keep testing there make sure the readings don't rise too far (meaning the NO2 not past 0.5, NO3 not past 50 and Ammonia not past 1) if it should rise too far one day while you're still cycling just do a larger water exchange like 80% and all will be ok.
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Old 02-02-2010, 10:30 AM   #6
 
I think cycling is a strange term, conjures up images of a fish on a bike. lol. Unfortunately you need amonia in the water for it to mature. Fish food takes weeks to break down and produce amonia. Adding fish is a cruel way of probucing amonia you do get amonia based additives to add to the tank but you have to wait before adding fish. I have even heard of people weeing in there tanks as that contains amonia. The best way is to ask your local fish shop for some gravel from a mature tank, add one or two small fish and monitor amonia and nitrite, once you get 0 nitrite and nitrate rises add more fish. If the fish shop refuses you some gravel, take your bussiness elsewhere.
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Old 02-03-2010, 01:27 PM   #7
 
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I've never heard of people peeing in their tanks.......
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