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Old 01-18-2014, 08:33 PM   #1
 
no ammonia new tank

Please forgive me if this is on hear i looked and could not find it. I have a 60g tank it hase been up for 9 days now i have 3 angel fish 2 parrot fish 2 ra0no sharks 2 pictus catfish and the sucker I have the api test kit and have been testing the water every day and have not seen any ammonia at all i have been feeding 3 times a day and every test is 0 will my tank Cycle if there is no ammonia all the fish are about 1.5 to 2.3 inches long i have use api quick start and api stress. This is my first tank and am ttying to not hurt the fish. Any advice nitrates and nitrites are both of the row 2would be very much appreciated thank you
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Old 01-19-2014, 04:57 AM   #2
 
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How densely is the tank planted? Plants will damp the ammonia and, therefore, the other readings.

API Quickstart and the other bottled bacteria sometimes seem to skip the ammonia/nitrite part and go straight to nitrate.

With all those fish being fed three times a day, I'd expect to see ammonia, if there were ammonia to read.

Keep monitoring closely. But the tank may well be cycled.
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Old 01-19-2014, 05:41 AM   #3
 
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How densely is the tank planted? Plants will damp the ammonia and, therefore, the other readings.

API Quickstart and the other bottled bacteria sometimes seem to skip the ammonia/nitrite part and go straight to nitrate.

With all those fish being fed three times a day, I'd expect to see ammonia, if there were ammonia to read.

Keep monitoring closely. But the tank may well be cycled.
There is only one live plant and it has 5 routes and is about 3 inches high. Is it really posable that it could cycle in that amount of time i have been reading about the cycle process and everything says 4 to 6 weeks i have yet to do a water change i dont know if it makes a difference but i have a penguin h.o.b 350 and i also have alot of bubble.so i will know when it is cycles when i start to see nitrate. Also is it possible to have to much circulation in a tank i have a pump that is 1300 gph the filter that is 350 gph and i just order a canster filter that is 525 gph.
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Old 01-20-2014, 06:17 AM   #4
 
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Most of the 4 to 6 week typical cycle is spent waiting for the bacteria to fall out of the sky into the tank, literally. Aeration is good.

You have enough filtration when flows at least two times the tank volume per hour, depending on stocking.

You have too much current when the livestock hides from it and are blown around by it.
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