01-08-2010, 12:57 PM
| || | silly cycling question
So, i purchased yet another aquarium last night. this makes 5.........in anycase this a a standard 55 gal. It is a used tank and still had some in habitents (2 common plecos) the guy i purchased it from broke it down for me but only saved me a little water to carry the plecos home in. I did test his water while i was there and all was good, 0ppm ammonia, 0ppm nitrites, and 10-20ppm nitrates. brought the tank and fish home got it set up with the old gravel and some muck from the undergravel filter (i removed this, dont like em) as well as the old filter and media which it came with(didnt let it dry out). I retested the water the plecos came in with a better test kit when i got home. the reading were about the same with the only difference being a slight trace of ammonia, just barley enough color to call it 0.25ppm. i attributed this with the hour long car ride home and having not one but TWO massive poopers and 2 algea waffers in the water with them.
here is my question(s):
today when i tested i had 0ppm nitrItes, 10-20ppm nitrAtes, and 1.0ppm ammonia....i didnt think nitrAtes showed up until AFTER the tank was done cycling?? so where does this put me with the cycle?? this tank isnt currently housing anyone