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post #11 of 45 Old 07-23-2013, 08:48 PM
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Don't mess with using other media as all you do is mess with the other tank's cycle. You definitely don't need it to start anything. I did a cycle in a jar with water and fish food only... worked like a charm... full cycle in 7 days.
I agree, but only because your other tank is still new. If the tank were established then you could transfer media from one filter to the other filter without messing with the donor tank's cycle.

You're not suggesting that they can establish a natural cycle in 7 days are you?

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post #12 of 45 Old 07-23-2013, 09:34 PM Thread Starter
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Don't know how you would be seeing that sort of level in that short a time. I suspect the test strip may be off. Just wait and do the liquid and see what it says.

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Ya I'm gonna do the liquid when I get home. I am using a filter that was previously used but its been a long time since its been used. Is there anyway the BB could still be alive I figured since it dried out it all died
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post #13 of 45 Old 07-23-2013, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
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I agree, but only because your other tank is still new. If the tank were established then you could transfer media from one filter to the other filter without messing with the donor tank's cycle.

You're not suggesting that they can establish a natural cycle in 7 days are you?
I definitely don't wanna mess up the cycle on the other tank it's still pretty new so probably a bad idea huh?
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post #14 of 45 Old 07-24-2013, 12:39 AM Thread Starter
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Don't know how you would be seeing that sort of level in that short a time. I suspect the test strip may be off. Just wait and do the liquid and see what it says.

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Ok so just tested with API master kit it says ammo 0.25 nitrite is 0 and nitrate is I'd say 2.5
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post #15 of 45 Old 07-24-2013, 08:21 AM
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Ok so just tested with API master kit it says ammo 0.25 nitrite is 0 and nitrate is I'd say 2.5
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That's more like it. Shows how far off strips can be, for those naysayers who say there is no proof that the strips can be inaccurate...

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I agree, but only because your other tank is still new. If the tank were established then you could transfer media from one filter to the other filter without messing with the donor tank's cycle.

You're not suggesting that they can establish a natural cycle in 7 days are you?
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Don't mess with using other media as all you do is mess with the other tank's cycle. You definitely don't need it to start anything. I did a cycle in a jar with water and fish food only... worked like a charm... full cycle in 7 days.
I'm stating that I have cycled a "tank" with only water, some ammonia source and a container, nothing else is needed to start or establish a cycle and that I managed to establish a full cycle in 7 days... the omission was that it was in a jar that is in the 0.13 gallon range... I am curious to see if I can duplicate it on a larger scale but I have yet to suggest that this timeline can be duplicated in an aquarium.

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post #17 of 45 Old 07-24-2013, 02:47 PM
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Yes... but now you have me curious enough to try it. Not specifically in an aquarium but in a large container perhaps with a sand bottom. I expect it will take a few more days but I don't think that it will take as long as seems typical... we'll see if I get around to it.

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post #18 of 45 Old 07-24-2013, 11:12 PM Thread Starter
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Yes... but now you have me curious enough to try it. Not specifically in an aquarium but in a large container perhaps with a sand bottom. I expect it will take a few more days but I don't think that it will take as long as seems typical... we'll see if I get around to it.

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Ok guys now I really need some help. Is mold on the substrate a good thing? It can't possibly be good right?
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Ok guys now I really need some help. Is mold on the substrate a good thing? It can't possibly be good right?
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Pictures? Maybe its algae?

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Pictures? Maybe its algae?

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I can't figure out how to put pictures up lol. But white algae?
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