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Old 02-04-2014, 10:29 PM   #1
 
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Fishless cycle help

I have never done a fishless cycle.
I have a 55 gallon aquarium. I added ammonia to it this evening and just tested it now. It is 8ppm. What do I do at this point?
I did purchase tetra safe start, should I be adding this at this point or do a water change tomorrow when I have time?
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Old 02-05-2014, 12:56 AM   #2
 
8ppm way too high. Do water change to drop down ammonia to 4ppm, add safe start although its 50/50 it actually helps. I would recommend raising temp to about 84 degrees, turn on any bubblers and switch off lights. For fishless cycle don't need any water changes until you are cycled or if at any point your nitrites or nitrates are off the charts just so u can keep accurate readings. First couple days you will see your ammonia stay steady then slowly decrease. Then you will see your nitrites increase. These take longer to decrease then the ammonia in my experience. Finally you will see nitrates and this is when your cycle is almost done. Once you can add 4 ppm of ammonia and convert it into nitrites then nitrates in 24 hrs your cycle is complete.
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Old 02-05-2014, 12:57 AM   #3
 
Well first of all the bacteria should be added first, let them eat the ammonia that was in their bottle, and then add ammonia after you see the levels go down.
Second, the ammonia should be at 4ppm, not 8.
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Old 02-05-2014, 03:24 PM   #4
 
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I did a water change and got the ammonia to 4ppm. Added the tss, and the temp is 86. So just sit and wait?
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Old 02-05-2014, 05:19 PM   #5
 
Yes. Patience is key now. I would test every other day until you see your ammonia start to drop. Then start testing for nitrites. Once you see nitrites your half way there. These will take longer to fall but once they start to get broken down they will fall much quicker. Meanwhile if you haven't already, I would recommend you let a cup of water from wherever you will be filling your tank sit for 24 hrs and test your water parameters to see where they are at. Also start researching what kind of fish you want, if they are schooling fish, is your tank is big enough for them and such.
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Old 02-05-2014, 05:25 PM   #6
 
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I already figured out the fish I want. I was going to do oranda goldfish.
So pretty much just my tap water then? Since that is what I used to fill the tank.
I have had tropical freshwater fish in the past, figured I'd try something new.
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Old 02-05-2014, 05:46 PM   #7
 
I hope your using a water conditioner for your water. Most ppl including myself use seachem prime. Also if not already use liquid test kits instead of strips since they are inaccurate.
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Old 02-05-2014, 05:48 PM   #8
 
Yeah let your tap water sit for 24 hrs and test.
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Old 02-05-2014, 05:59 PM   #9
 
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I use a water conditioner and I do have a API liquid test kit.
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Old 02-05-2014, 06:11 PM   #10
 
Okay. Sounds like your on your way then. I don't know anything about the goldfish so when it comes to that maybe someone else that has experience with them can comment.
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