Dear Fellow Fish Fans,
Can anyone who's been there say how long it takes, for first step of fish cycle?
Brand new 29 gal tank, external TopFin filter, ( in-tank heater for tank cycling process)
Day1: tap water + Prime
Day3: added Publix household ammonia (no additives and no phophates as far as I can tell)
to bring ammonia level to 4 ppm per test kit
Day4: added used filter cartridge from existing 2.5 gal tank into new tank's filter
Day11: Ammonia 4 ppm (still)
nitrite 0 ppm (still)
temp 80 degrees F
This is discouraging! The chemistry hasn't budged over a week's time. Our frisky, friendly little Black Moor has so outgrown the 2.5 gal tank. It's getting hard to keep the tank from being overwhelmed by his goldfish chemistry...
Can't wait to move him to new home (and get him a fancy goldfish friend) so he stays happy and healthy!
Have read the terrific sticky about cycling new tanks. Is normal to take this long?
(by the way we do plan to replace the cheap LFS filter...but one thing at a time, you know?)