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When is it done cycling
Old 04-17-2011, 02:44 PM   #1
 
When is it done cycling

Hi I have a ten gallon and I want to know when it will be done cycling, right now the water is cloudy and I was told that is a sign of a bacteria bloom but when is it truly done cycling and how can I tell.
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Old 04-17-2011, 03:44 PM   #2
 
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You can use a test kit or just rough estimate.
It usually takes a month or so with ammonia present
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Old 04-18-2011, 12:21 PM   #3
 
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Cloudiness is not necessarily related to cycling, in fact it rarely is. A "bacterial bloom" causing cloudiness can occur at any time, though most often during the first few weeks because the tank is not "established" [which is not the same as cycled]. Cloudiness can also be caused by the substrate, and this can last days, weeks, even months.

Cycling itself can take anywhere from 2 to 8 weeks normally. It depends upon several factors. Having live plants usually results in no discernable "cycle" at all.

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Old 04-18-2011, 06:38 PM   #4
 
So I can just add fish from th get go... ADA is the soil and I don't think it is causing water cloudiness and I believe it is a bacteria bloom, BTW Byron it is the same ten gall for the rams.
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Old 04-18-2011, 06:53 PM   #5
 
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So I can just add fish from th get go... ADA is the soil and I don't think it is causing water cloudiness and I believe it is a bacteria bloom, BTW Byron it is the same ten gall for the rams.
Now that I know this info, I would guess the cloudiness is from the substrate. I have a slight cloudiness from Flourite, an enriched substrate similar to ADA. It won't hurt fish, so yes, add some fish if this is planted.

As to when the cloudiness may dissipate, I don't know. My tank with Flourite has been running 5-6 weeks now. It is not bad, it is just not "clear" by comparison to the other tanks in my fishroom.
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Old 04-18-2011, 07:52 PM   #6
 
Same here and again thanks so much. I might be to get the rams soon and more green cabomba.
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