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littleswimmers 11-22-2013 11:16 AM

2.5 gallon Cycle Day 2
 
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Monday I purchased a 2.5 Oval tank that will some day be home to a beta.
I set the tank up Monday night on the counter in our kitchen using r/o water and adjusted ph 7.2 set the temp to 82F let it run for 36 hours. Testing water yesterday was at 7.2, ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate were at zero.
Yesterday around midday I put a pinch of food and only looked at the tank a dozen times until this morning.
Woke up opened the lid to check the water and the smell was so strong I knew cycling has begun. So I tested the water and sure enough ammonia is at 4.0ppm nitrite and nitrate levels are still at zero. The magic has started....exciting....:-D
Question is do I try to do a partial water change today or let things get dirty...
Doing some research from other people I ordered a Biologically Established Active Sponge Filters from Angels Plus which will be delivered today hopefully will speed up the cycling process. I have never tried active media before so I'm anxious to see the results... to be continued....

Flint 11-22-2013 11:22 AM

Don't do a WC just yet. If it gets any higher, do one. Having too much ammonia can stall your cycle. 4ppm is the best amount of ammonia used for cycling a tank. Be careful how much food you put in, you can EASILY put too much and not know it. Good luck!!
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littleswimmers 11-22-2013 06:41 PM

So I received the active sponge filter today and completed another water test and the levels of ammonia are holding steady at 4.0 with 0 nitrite and 0 nitrate.
Any suggestions on when I should put in the active sponge filter? The sooner the better?

Flint 11-22-2013 06:50 PM

Yes, sooner the better. That will give the Nitrates a jump start.
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littleswimmers 11-22-2013 07:08 PM

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Yes, sooner the better. That will give the Nitrates a jump start.
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The sponge is in the tank and it is almost as big as the tank. I followed the instructions on the side of the bag and am now wondering if the saying the bigger the better is a good thing in this scenario? Take a look at the picture.:|

Tolak 11-22-2013 07:58 PM

That tank is as good as cycled right now. I got one of those, along with 8 really expensive angels years ago from there. I talked to Steve about it, set up a 55 gallon after cleaning it really well (bleach, bare bottom tank) and added the angels & filter once they came in. I did a coupe 50% water changes during the week, no problem at all.

That filter will easily handle a betta in a 2.5.

Flint 11-23-2013 04:17 AM

It looks fine to me. You could add a smaller filter if you want (alongside this one) for a few weeks a and then remove the larger one if it's hard on your eyes. But you have to give bacteria time to grow on the new filter. What are your readings now?
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littleswimmers 11-23-2013 06:38 AM

2.5 Gallon Oval Day 3
 
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So after the first 12 hours of the active sponge in the tank the water levels on the morning of day 3 are:
Ammonia 4.0
Nitrite 0.25
Nitrate 20
It appears as if the little guys are working...so exciting.:-D

Also noticed yesterday as the ammonia levels started to rise without any nitrites or nitrates that the aeration in the tank caused a foam on top of the water. This morning with N's in the tank the foam is gone. Interesting...

Flint 11-23-2013 06:48 AM

That looks more like 2 ppm of ammonia to me. Everything is looking good!
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littleswimmers 11-23-2013 06:49 AM

2 or 4 all looks the same before coffee...


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