01-20-2011, 03:16 AM
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Originally Posted by leogtr
20 gallon tank.
1 week in its cycle.
Future fish: Neon Tetras, Glofish & otos
The tank is full of artificial plants and corals, decorations and one living plant. I have also used tetra safe start, stress zyme, stress coat and neutral regulator. The filter is a Aqueon quietflow 30 which is for 45 gallon tanks. I am also using a fluval aquarium heater of 150 watts. An air pump has also been added for oxygen in the water. I have been testing the water for ammonia, nitrites, nitrates, hardness, chlorine, alkalinity, and of course the pH. this test kit is thesame one used by the petsmart. I get positive readings for everything when I first look at the strips-- exept that when I look at it the next day the test strips indicate that the nitrate level is at 40, and the nitrite level is at 3.0 which falls in the stress line in the scale.
I am very patient with this thing and the only reason I am is because I really really dont want to go through any loss of fish in the biggining. it makes me sad.
I am wondering if the effect of the atmosphere has something to do with the changes overnight in the testing strips? I have tried to learn as much as I can about these fish and I want them to be happy and Ill wait as long as possible to add the fish.
Welcome to the wonderful world of fish. :D
Okay, let me get started. Correct me if I'm wrong, but it sounds like you're testing with strips, reading them, them leaving them out over night? If that's the case, the change in color on your strip overnight is simply because its not doing it's job any longer and yes, the air getting to it all night changes the color.
Also, I would like to add that test strips are VERY inaccurate and if you plan to keep your fish happy and healthy in the long run you should invest in a Master test kit. You can find those at Petsmart as well as most other pet stores and it will cost you around 35 dollars, but it's well worth it. (Especially during the cycling process because it is very accurate.)
As for your cycling process, it takes time. Usually a lot longer than a week if you are starting fresh with no help from an already cycled tank. When I cycled my first tank it took nearly a month and a half to get the levels just right and stable enough to support life.
Here is a step by step method for fishless cycling:
I originally wrote out a method very similar to the one in link below but I felt this one was much easier to follow and also provided more information. http://www.tropicalfish.site5.com/tf...ad.php?t=60022
Hope this helped!
Last edited by brancasterr; 01-20-2011 at 03:31 AM..
Reason: removed write-out of fishless cycling and replaced with a link to a easier to understand version.