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tiny 10-06-2009 06:51 PM

Cycle Wont start!!!
 
Well I have had my new tank for well over a month and it wont finish cycling. My tank has been sitting at 1 ppm of ammonia but wont change. I have used the bottle of stuff that says it would help didnt work. I have two live plants in it also, nothing is helping. Cant get hold of any media or gravel from another tank. is there anything else I can do?

MoneyMitch 10-06-2009 07:32 PM

whats the size of the tank and what inhabitants are you using. how often do you do W/C and how much?

Twistersmom 10-06-2009 07:35 PM

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Originally Posted by MoneyMitch (Post 253844)
whats the size of the tank and what inhabitants are you using. how often do you do W/C and how much?

Same thing I was going to ask. Money beat me to it!
Also, test your tap water for ammonia.

MoneyMitch 10-06-2009 07:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Twistersmom (Post 253849)
Same thing I was going to ask. Money beat me to it!
Also, test your tap water for ammonia.

Great minds think alike lol

tiny 10-06-2009 08:24 PM

its a 45 gallon tank, had four mollys now down to two. do water changes once a week and do about 20%. Also the tap waters ammonia levels are around 0 ppm.

MoneyMitch 10-06-2009 08:26 PM

you may not have a large enough ammonia level for your cycle to get going and your water changes are just taking it out. i would let things go for atleast 2 weeks w/o a WC or maybe get like 2 more fish and do weekly WC's at 15-20%

Romad 10-06-2009 08:26 PM

Hang in there. It took me 8 weeks to fully cycle my 45 gal. (i decided to go fishless).

Twistersmom 10-07-2009 04:34 AM

It is surprising that your tank is sitting at 1 ppm with only two mollies.
How often and how much do you feed? Overfeeding will raise ammonia levels.
Are you still running the original filter media? It is best not to change out filter media.

Byron 10-07-2009 01:27 PM

What are the plants, and how big? Plants cycle tanks automatically, if there is sufficient plant growth with only two fish in the tnak, you will not have a cycle problem, it is done. More when you tell me about the plants.

Byron.

tiny 10-08-2009 07:31 PM

I have one larger size plant, dont know what it is, it has large leaves then a moss ball. just got them sunday. Still nothing has changed still at 1 ppm. Also I have not changed the media, I have a emperor 400 with mixed media in it. Might buy more plants this weekend...


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