a question about fish-in cycling. - Page 2
Tropical Fish

Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources » Freshwater Fish and Aquariums » Freshwater and Tropical Fish » Characins » a question about fish-in cycling.

a question about fish-in cycling.

This is a discussion on a question about fish-in cycling. within the Characins forums, part of the Freshwater and Tropical Fish category; --> Originally Posted by mikeyfishes i thought every other day water changes were okay, would more frequent changes be necessary? my last amm # was ...

Check out these freshwater fish profiles
Bloodfin Tetra
Bloodfin Tetra
Diamond Tetra
Diamond Tetra
Reply
LinkBack Thread Tools vBmenu Seperating Image Search this Thread vBmenu Seperating Image
a question about fish-in cycling.
Old 12-19-2010, 01:31 AM   #11
 
tanker's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by mikeyfishes View Post
i thought every other day water changes were okay, would more frequent changes be necessary? my last amm # was between 0 +.25[ sometimes hard to say]?
I did a water change every day - if I had a reading, I changed the water (and until the tank has cycled, you'll have a reading). At 0.25, every other day may be ok not to kill your fish overnight, but when it increases to 0.5 or higher (I said 0.1 before, I must have meant 1.0....) I'd definitely increase the water changes to daily (or more, if you get higher readings). The way I looked at it was that the lower I kept it by water changes, the less risk of it spiking to a level that would kill the fish. I figured "start low + increase" would always be lower than "start higher + increase". It's your decision how you want to approach it.

You'll know that the tank has cycled when you get 0 for ammonia and nitrite and a reading for nitrates.
tanker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2010, 12:49 PM   #12
 
jeaninel's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by mikeyfishes View Post
jeaniel , you have an awesome group of fish, and am very grateful for your advice, and any more would be more than n welcome
Thanks for the kind comment.

Tanker pretty much covered your question I think. But yeah, you'll see ammonia rise, then fall to 0, then nitrites will rise, then fall to 0, then you'll get a reading for nitrates. When your readings stay at 0 for ammonia and nitrites and you have some reading for nitrates then your tank has finished cycling. The complete cycling process could take anywhere from around 4-8 weeks. Once your tank is cycled weekly water changes (generally around 20-50% depending upon your fish load) to keep nitrates under 20ppm are recommended.

Good luck and feel free to ask anymore questions.
jeaninel is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
what are your views on fishless cycling & cycling with fish?? bubble87 Freshwater and Tropical Fish 15 05-22-2010 10:46 AM
I got a cycling question. GOURAMIKEEPER83 Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 9 09-22-2009 07:42 AM
cycling question please help ilovemybubbles Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 1 02-10-2008 07:20 AM
cycling question cullens089 Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 2 08-10-2007 08:46 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:26 AM.