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post #1 of 25 Old 02-24-2014, 07:52 AM Thread Starter
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Fishless cycling question

Hi, we set our 65 litre (around 17 US gallons) tank up on Friday. Filled with water, switched on filter, heater, light and air stone, treated with aqua safe. I've been adding 2 to 3 fish flakes on a daily basis. The ammonia levels are low, colour looks inbetween 0 and 0.25, nitrates are 0. Is that normal or should ammonia be higher by now? Filter etc is all still switched on, temp of tank is 30 degrees celsius. Am I doing anything wrong or have I missed anything out?
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post #2 of 25 Old 02-24-2014, 09:54 AM
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It usually takes about a month for the cycle to complete, ~2 weeks for ammonia to rise and fall and ~2 weeks for the nitrite to rise and fall. However, it can take much longer, depending on the circumstances and actions of the keeper. I've never cycled a tank with fish food, but many others have - if you did a search on the forum I'm sure you'd come up with a number of threads that will give you a good idea as to what to expect.

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I can request that they change the title of your thread to "fish food cycling help" so people familiar with that method would be more inclined to check it out.

Or it can be left as is. There are other methods to do a fishless cycle - some arguably better than others. You might get some of those suggestions if you leave it as is. It's your choice

Ammonia is a very popular method and is much easier to control than fish food. If I were to do a fishless cycle that's what I would use.
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125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
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post #7 of 25 Old 02-24-2014, 01:37 PM Thread Starter
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I'd be happy for the title to be changed, please. I did want to use ammonia, and my husband's work colleague said he had some we could use but when he gave it to us it turned out to be bacterlife, which, after some research, didn't seem to be the right thing to use to cycle the tank, please correct me if I'm wrong as I am totally new to all this! I have tried to get some ammonia but I can't seem to get hold of any.
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Ammonia doesn't cycle the tank, but rather feeds the bacteria that colonize the surfaces in the tank.

It's just easier to control because you can determine exactly what level you want it to be, and don't have I worry about moldy food in the tank.

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Have you looked in your local hardware stores for ammonia? I don't know where you are but here in Ottawa ON, Canada, I found it in Home Hardware under the Old Country brand

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I'm in England, I will try and get to a DIY shop at the weekend, thanks
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