04-27-2011, 08:44 PM
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Originally Posted by 29Kilo29
Yes, I could put some gravel and decorations in from the 30 gal, but if there is no ammonia in the 75 gal, won't the bacteria just die off?
6 days in, still no ammonia readings.
What fish did you use to cycle your cichlid tank with?
As long as their is some source of ammonia the bacteria wont die...i.e. raw shrimp, fish, fish food, pure ammonia.
I had what was suppose to be three Firemouth cichlids...turned out one was a Red Devil. So once the Red Devil started to mature enough that I could tell she wasnt a FM, she killed the other FMs. Once I realized she was a Red Devil, I knew I couldnt house her so I traded her at my LFS and re-did the tank by giving my smaller tank (which was 4 guppies & a molly-still have all the same guppies plus some) the larger tank which turned into nothing but guppies, cories, some neons and a molly.
With such a large tank, maybe you arent using enough shrimp? Give it time, patience is key to cycling.
Do you have active carbon in the filter? Carbon helps with foul smells and such.