Originally Posted by Twistersmom
I have had tanks take 3-4 weeks, before being completely cycled. Sounds like you are on the right track.
It sounds like in the beginning your salt level was very high, and is now corrected. These drastic changes could have stunted the cycle. Try to keep this salt level fairly consistent, and with time it will cycle.
I would NOT do a complete tear down. Then you would have to start all over again. At this point, there has to be some bacteria established. Any room in the filter, for some filter media from the fresh water tank? Since you have been carefully to clean the sponge in dechlorinated water, I would not take this out.
For food under the sand, you can stir the sand. Any food should float up, and can be removed with your water siphon during water changes. I have also used a Turkey baster to suck food from the bottom after feeding time. I had to do this with my puffers, that did not eat much at one time, so it was easy to overfeed. Live Black worms are a good food for small eaters. They will not pollute the tank. They Will live in low end brackish water, till eaten or removed during water changes.
Can you redirect the flow of water coming from the filter, so the current does not disturb the fish? A light water flow, should be fine for establishing bacteria, but a larger flow could help remove uneaten food.
The fish are under stress from the ammonia. I would continue with these water changes to keep ammonia as low as possible. Once you make it through this cycle, the fish should color up for you.
Yr a little star! :) Thankyou very much!
The filter baskets are stuffed to the max (all from the mature freshwater) but Theres a little floor space for more lava rocks or terra pots. Which would be more porous do you think?
I hadnt been stirring the sand as i read somewhere it releases ammonia but now that Ive thought about it and seen a few utube vids (plus you are also saying so) it makes sense. BBG dont like it at all but oh well- its that or be poisoned lol. Bought a turkey baster today also.
As they are such slow feeders how long should I leave any frozen food in the tank? I have known them to leave bloodworms nearly 12 hrs before theyve finnaly taken some -but is that too long to leave them in the water?
Live blackworms are pretty rare in UK but theres an ebay seller who sells the culture kits?
The spray bar is connected to a dome and can be rotated 360 degrees so I can position it anywhere in the tank I like. Its right at the surface at the moment and as its a small tank it agitates the whole surface area. Could I push it down into deeper into the water so that the flow will move the food around more, or would I lose oxygen by doing this? They hate the airstone, its too fierce and they arent strong enough to ride the current.
Its just this annoying 0.25 ammonia that seems to be taking forever to clear
Bless them,theyve been thru a lot of ammonia and nitrites in their short time with me, I do hope they havent been damaged. They look like little ghosts at the moment