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rspratley09 01-18-2010 05:06 PM

Please help has my tank cycled yet
 
I was curious to if my tank has cycled yet? Because I had to remove the filter and chhange water earlier than I should have cuz one of my fish had velvet and I had to medicate them. All other fish are fine. But it's been 5 days and my amonia levels are still high. Like 0.05? I have a tester that just suction cups to the side of the tank. And I am not due to change it yet. The rest of the in info on my tank is in aquarium logs. Also there is like a build up
of bubbles on the outside around the top of the tank does anyone know whAt this could be? Any advice would be appreciated. I really like this hobby but I am starting to get frustrated. Please help me.:cry:

Angel079 01-18-2010 06:09 PM

No while your Ammonia and Nitrite is still anything past 0 a tank is not finished cycling.
I'd strongly recommend you a liquid test kit for NO2, NO3 and Ammonia (like available from API) to have accurate readings; not only now to determine the cycle but also later on needed for the tank to ensure nothing "bad" will come upon your fishy in the future.

MoneyMitch 01-19-2010 02:33 PM

your cycle is complete when your ammonia and nitrIte are 0 for atleast a week untill then keep up with maint cant tell you what the bubbles are though

rspratley09 01-20-2010 01:00 AM

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Originally Posted by MoneyMitch (Post 308819)
your cycle is complete when your ammonia and nitrIte are 0 for atleast a week untill then keep up with maint cant tell you what the bubbles are though

Thank you both for the input. All my fish seem healthy and happy. So I am not that worried I guess with taking the filter out to add medicine and having my black moor in the tank (goldfish produce alot of waste) I must have interupted the cyling process. I am eventualy gonna get a larger tank, but I wanna get some good Maintenance habits going and master taking care of this one first. I owe it to the fish. Plus I heard it's easier to care for a bigger tank, is that true? If so once I master and learn to take care of this one and how everything works I'll be able totake care of a bigger one noproblem. Again thank you for the help. If anyoone knows what the bubbles are please tell me they are starting to stick to the sides at the top of the water and form like a foam. It's like a scum that I can scoop out. I am gonna do a 50% water change tomorrow. Will that slow or stop the cycle?

Byron 01-20-2010 02:57 PM

If the "bubbles" are what shows in your photos, they are not a problem; they appear tooriginate from the filter.

Changing water will not affect the cycling of a tank. Do not change or clean the filter during the cycle as this could remove the bacteria you are wanting to establish on the media.

Larger tanks are easier in the sense that the larger the volume of water the less likely it will fluctuate due to biological actions and it will be more stable in terms of parameters and quality, provided regular maintenance is kept up.

Byron.


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