90 Gallon Cycling existing media need amonia?
I transferred some media ( filter pads) from 46 gallon, and some seeded bio balls from 46 gallon and some decorations. Should I add pure ammonia measured to see where I am at. I have HOB on 46 gallon and cannot transfer the filter as I have as it does not fit with the canapy. e
Water is in dechloirnated and media transferred and up and running 24 hours.
Now I want to make sure cycled before adding my two blood red parrots.
Welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum.
How large are the two fish? I ask because the filter material you have put in the new tank might handle the ammonia from fish not too large, in a 90g space, and without some ammonia it will go into hibernation.
Thanks for answering. My fish are 8 inches and 6 inches and just as wide. They are large.
Water paramters seem good. I have a sump 29 gallon and one more filter pad to put when I move the fish.
I am thinking of moving soon as everything seems stable. I cannot run my current filter. I could put bio wheels from filter somewhere.
I am sure it could handle my two fish as they are in 46 gallon now and this would be better?
Under ideal conditions, temperature, pH, ammonia and nitrite concentrations.... 7 hours for the ammonia oxidizers and 13 hours for the nitrite oxidizers.
Yah, too much time on my hands.... I worked out the relative timelines on nitrite spikes and nitrate production while the cycle is establishing itself a while back to get a handle on plant vs non-planted low and high ammonia concentration timelines for the cycle to setup. Nobody really studies as much about the nitrite oxidizers as they do the ammonia oxidizers.
Now you need to explain more as marketing is my background. I transferred another well seeded filter pad to my sump and another decor from my 46 gallon tank.
Earlier I was reading 0 for ammonia and nitrites. Now I see a slight rise in ammonia under ,25 ( api test kit doesnt give much information when reading charts) and slight sign of nitrites over the past 0 readings yesterday. It also looks like I beginning to show nitrates.
So instead of tranferring I am waiting. I have crushed a small amount of fish pellets into the tank to see what would happen twice.
I have in my sump a sock at first to catch debris, then two seeded filterpads and new sponges and cermaic in a bag, then bio balls with water trickling over ( some like 20 from another tank). I also have decor from exisiting tank about 7 fake plants .
It should of been ready to transfer my fish and watch the ammonia etc and then I saw the ammonia reading looked like yellow( 0) then closer look had a hint of green and nitrate went from clear blue ( 0) to a little more color. And ofcourse nitrate slightly more color.
I tested my 46 gallon and it had no ammonia sign so I decided to wait.
The ph is slightly higher in new tank. My 46 gallon is a medium blue 7.2? The 9- gallon is a dark shade of blue so about 7.8. How can you read those charts with nothing in between.
So I decided to see what the readings are tomorrow.
I also have a question about bio wheels form my 46 gallon. Can I float them anywhere like with my filter pads as they have been running for 5 years. I have no room for this filter on the new tank.
I appreciate your response .
Transferring some gravel from the 46 gal into the 90 may help as the bacteria lives in the substrate as well as the filter.
Upgraded and Moved
Thanks for all your help as I just transferred my fish to their new 9o gallon with/29 gallon sump. Started with seeded media.
I was so nervous and everyone is so helpful with all my questions.
They immediately adapted so I will watch the testing.
I am thinking another week for water change if all goes smooth.
I was doing 20% weekly on my 46 gallon.
On this tank I want to use the sump. I will have to find out what is best as I dont want to over clean.
Looking for plants now.
My husband thinks I will be able to go a month without changing the water and I just dont think so with my huge fish.
I just put them in a bucket five gallon together when I transferred and slowing put in a water with a cup for about 15 minutes that put them in a large zip lock one at a time and floated and let go into the water.
They love the new space.
Thanks again for all tips as this tank is completely new.
Pictures.... pretty please.:-D
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