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Need help, our 29 gal tank refuses to cycle.
Old 07-27-2010, 05:17 AM   #31
 
Well I have more of an update I guess. We moved the tank 65 miles this Sunday to our new house. Since we drained the tank we figured now was the best time as any to change the gravel color and decorations. We went with more natural tan gravel and wood style decorations. We also got two live plants to put in there. I got another bottle of water clarifier and I also got the small bottle of Tetra smart start.

We moved the tank on Sunday and I had everything setup and put the fish back in the tank. Where I screwed up though is I thought I turned the water heater in the direction to turn it off. The fish were doing fine till we went to bed. Woke up in the morning and the water was hot, we pretty much cooked 4 of the fish. The ones that didn't make it were the fancy tail guppies and the neon orange tetras.

I wish I would have bought one of the nicer water heaters when I got the stuff for the tank initially and I wish I would have taken more time to make sure I had the heater turned the right direction. We now have 4 fish left: one mollie, red tail shark, pleco, and I think it is a yellow tetra with light highlights at the tip of it's fins.

I tested the ammonia and nitrite last night and the ammonia was between 0 and .25 but closer to 0. There were no nitrites. I tested Nitrate this morning and it is showing 1.0 on the scale. I guess this means our tank is cycled now? I can't believe that after 5 weeks of not cycling and then we move and it cycles in less then 2 days?
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Old 07-27-2010, 06:17 AM   #32
 
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NUTNDUN I was in your boat not too long ago, waiting and waiting for the tank to cycle. I think live plants help a great deal and they look nice in your tank. Also, they offer great hiding spots for your fish. I have noticed since I put the live plants in that everyone seems more, relaxed. Might be something to think about.

I am really sorry to hear about your fish. Maybe you can switch your heater out for a better model so you don't repeat this tragedy. Glad to hear that some of your fish made it. Hopefully, they continue to do well.

By the way, you can never post too many pictures. I love seeing others tank set ups and how they arrange things also hearing how other combinations of fish are getting along.
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Old 07-27-2010, 06:23 AM   #33
 
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My experience with Tetra Safe Start

For me This stuff really has worked. Ammonia never went above zero, nitrites peaked at 0.25 ppm. By day 4 I had nitrates at 5 ppm. On day 6 nitrites were at zero. This was a used tank I set up on 7/16, added Tetra Safe Start on 7/20. One hour later added 19 fish.
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Old 07-27-2010, 06:59 AM   #34
 
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NUTNDUN I was in your boat not too long ago, waiting and waiting for the tank to cycle. I think live plants help a great deal and they look nice in your tank. Also, they offer great hiding spots for your fish. I have noticed since I put the live plants in that everyone seems more, relaxed. Might be something to think about.

I am really sorry to hear about your fish. Maybe you can switch your heater out for a better model so you don't repeat this tragedy. Glad to hear that some of your fish made it. Hopefully, they continue to do well.

By the way, you can never post too many pictures. I love seeing others tank set ups and how they arrange things also hearing how other combinations of fish are getting along.

I am going to switch out the heater as soon as we get some extra cash. I have it unplugged for right now as the house is kept at 78* anyway through the summer. I will definitely have it replaced before it starts to cool off too much.

I will post pics of the new setup as soon as I can. The fish are more relaxed now then they ever were. Before they would hardly ever just stay in one spot for a while, now the mollie she just sits there looking around and then gets excited when you get close to the tank, the red tail he will relax for a while then cruise around along the plants and decorations. I think he claimed the log we put in there.

I am just amazed that after all this time the tank never cycled and we move and I replaced everything in the tank except for the filter and added the safe start and it cycled in less then two days. It might not be completely cycled yet but the nitrates are a good sign. Would the water temp being real high for a little bit have caused the cycle to accelerate? The only other difference would be the water, at the old house it was public water and at the new house we have well water.

I am going to do a full test of everything on the tank tonight and I will post the results, I will also take pictures for yas.
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Old 07-27-2010, 08:04 AM   #35
 
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Would the water temp being real high for a little bit have caused the cycle to accelerate?.
A higher temp does make a tank cycle faster. I think it was the Safe Start though.
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Old 07-27-2010, 08:39 PM   #36
 
I am so excited. I believe the tank has cycled :D

Here are the full test results:

High PH -> 7.4
Ammonia -> 0
Nitrite -> 0
Nitrate -> 10

And as promised here are a couple pics of the new tank setup and the 4 fish we have left. I couldn't get a real good pic of the pleco as he was hiding in his cave and the red tail just wouldn't stay still even for a split second LOL

While I was typing this reply I happened to look over and the pleco happened to come out so I got two good pics of him.
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Old 07-28-2010, 08:29 PM   #37
 
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Great looking tank. It looks like things are under control finally.

Love the pleco. I had to give mine up when he outgrew the tank. I didn't know how fast he would grow when I got him.
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