04-24-2010, 11:47 PM
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Trying to speed up cycle in a fry Tank ?
Hello! In my 25 gallon of 6 female platys and 3 otos I've noticed 2 red calicos getting fatter and fatter. One of the females gave birth in the middle of the night and I was able to save 3 fry, they are in a breeder box until the 10 gallon is ready ( for all future babies ) I finally got the tank and everything for it yesterday and its running. I seeded an extra filter cartridge for a few weeks just for it, put in a couple of the decorations and a cup of the gravel. Fishless so I put in a tsp of ammonia. Today I tested and ammonia was at 4 ppm and a trace of nitrites. How long should this cycle take if theres already nitrites? I just want the tank finish fast so the fry have a good place to grow.
Thanks for any input or advice.
25 gallon: 3 red calico platys
2 mickey mouse
1 blue tuxedo
3 oto catfish