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post #1 of 7 Old 04-11-2007, 10:46 PM Thread Starter
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question on cycleing

so i got a 55gal tank. a guy that lived up the street from me had it for years with fish in it. so basicly emptyed the water, moved it up the street to my house, and cleaned it up, added water, and aqua safe. let it run for a few hours with the filters it had in it, and added the fish back in. my question is, is there going to be a cycleing period or is everything ok and i can start adding fish.
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post #2 of 7 Old 04-11-2007, 11:43 PM
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I would suggest getting an API Freshwater Master test kit. Ask any of your friends who keep fish or your lfs for an established sponge filter. This will help cycle your tank fast. In the end, you want zero ammonia and nitrites with nitrates below 40 ppm. Ammonia and nitrites are toxic to the fish. Your tank is on cycling phase at the moment. Don't add any more fish at this moment.:)

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im confused, i have two established spong filters in there now. they are from the tank when it was at the other house. the tank was only down for about and hour to hour and a half.
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im confused, i have two established spong filters in there now. they are from the tank when it was at the other house. the tank was only down for about and hour to hour and a half.
Whoops. I forgot. Just monitor your water parameters.:) Ammonia should spike, followed by nitrites and finally, nitrates. Just be patient as it takes long enough to cycle a tank.;)

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so will the fish be ok that are in there right now.
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so will the fish be ok that are in there right now.
Not likely. Doing water changes once you detect ammonia and nitrites will prevent possible poisoning.

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post #7 of 7 Old 04-12-2007, 02:56 PM
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How did you clean it up? With tap water? If so, the chlorine probaly killed off some or all of the good bacteria. Get the API test kit, and test the waters daily and change water when needed. You will probaly still have to cycle, depending on how you washed the tank and stuff.

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