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Old 09-26-2010, 02:05 PM   #1
 
New To The Game 72g Bowfront

Well like stated i am new to the planted tank community. I have had my 72g up and running with just water in it for about 3 months now. (i know im slow) and im ready to start doing a fishless cycle. So this will be a log of my progress with that and anyother things i do with my tank. I probably will need help along the way so thats were you guys come in.

Tap water(base):
-ph:8.0
-Ammonia: 0.50
-Nitrite:0
-Nitrate:0

For this test i took some tap water from the sink and put it in a cup and let it sit for 24hrs.

Today i will be getting my tank up to 5ppm ammonia and getting the cycle started. Should i test everyday during the cycle?
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Old 09-26-2010, 02:08 PM   #2
 
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Welcome to TFK! Congrats of starting a planted tank, they are my favorite.
I tested every day while my tank was cycling, so I would know where in the cycle I was and because I'm OCD, lol. So, is the .50 reading of ammonia out of your tap?
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Old 09-26-2010, 03:03 PM   #3
 
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I would test ammonia to get it up to .5, then figure how much you have to add to keep it at .5
At that point, just test for nitrates. Once nitrates show up, then just test ammonia and nitrite. (adding the same amount of ammonia that kept it at .5)

Eventually, even with the ammonia being added, the ammonia and nitrite will be 0. (Maybe test the water an hour after each dose of ammonia to give the bacteria time to work)

Then again, since you're posting in the plant forum, you can just skip the whole cycling process if you plant heavily and add a small amount of fish at a time.
The plants will assimilate the ammonia without any nitrite or nitrate being produced.
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Old 09-26-2010, 03:12 PM   #4
 
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Welcome to TFK! Congrats of starting a planted tank, they are my favorite.
I tested every day while my tank was cycling, so I would know where in the cycle I was and because I'm OCD, lol. So, is the .50 reading of ammonia out of your tap?
yes out of the tap. i thought that was strange to. maybe i just read it wrong. im using a api test kit. i thought tap was suppose be at 0 correct?
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Old 09-26-2010, 04:56 PM   #5
 
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yes out of the tap. i thought that was strange to. maybe i just read it wrong. im using a api test kit. i thought tap was suppose be at 0 correct?
In an ideal world there would be zero ammonia out of the tap. Mine is .50 out of the tap. According to my city's water dept. (when I called to complain) that is within "tolerance".
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Old 09-26-2010, 06:09 PM   #6
 
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Like Redchigh said, in a planted tank, I wouldn't bother with the cycle using pure ammonia. Instead, plant it heavily with live plants (we can help with with lighting and ferts) and add a few fish a week. You'll won't have to worry about a cycle at all this way

Any ideas floating around for stocking?
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