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outpost 05-04-2010 04:21 PM

How can I tell when I'm done
My 10 gallon tank has been up for 34 days. I have 4 plants in the tank right now. I don't know their names. I went and got my water tested and they said that all of my params were fine. I know thats pretty vauge. I am wondering when my tank will be done cycling. My water is pretty cloudy right now. It's a green cloudiness. He suggested that I put some carbon in the filter to cleat it up. I think it is a bacterial bloom though. My two fish and ghost shrimp seem fine. When I do water changes it doesn't seem to get better. Do you have any idea when the cloudiness will go away and when my tank will be done cycling?

JohnnyD44 05-04-2010 04:32 PM

do you have a better idea of what your water parameters are?? exact readings will be better able to help us out better than the, as you said, vague reading the fish store gave you....

I would not add carbon to your filter if you have a planted tank. Carbon will remove the necessary nutrients your plants need to survive and thrive.

what kind of fish do you have in your tank right now besides the shrimp???

jeaninel 05-04-2010 04:59 PM

Buy yourself a liquid test kit (not the dip strips) such as this and test your water. Ammonia and nitrite should be at 0 and you should have some reading for nitrates. Nitrates are best kept under 20ppm (through partial water changes).

If your water is a green cloudiness it may be an algae bloom. What type of lights does your tank have and how long are they on for? What fish do you have and how much do you feed them?

outpost 05-04-2010 11:22 PM

I have a redtail shark and a zebra danio. My lights are two CF 50/50 10 watt screw in bulbs. They run anywhere from 8-12 hours. Some days it is 12 hours but mostly 10 +/- 30 minutes. This "bloom" has been going on since about day 5 of having the tank. I feed them minimally, like hardly anything. I usually feed them every other day.

iamntbatman 05-05-2010 03:58 AM

I would guess that the 50/50 bulbs are probably the culprit. 50/50 light really isn't ideal for aquarium plants but algae can thrive under it. I would suggest use screw-in CFL's in the 6500-6700K range.

outpost 05-05-2010 04:26 PM

OK What are screw in CFLs? specifically CFLs? Also isn't 6500-6700K more yellow light and not white.. Also I only have the white side of my bulbs facing the water, but there is a reflector.

jeaninel 05-05-2010 07:15 PM

CFL's are compact fluorescent lights.

Maybe cut your lights to about 8-9 hours. That's about how long I keep my lighjts on but I have mainly low light plants such as Java Fern, Anubias and Crypts. Can you post pics of the plants so we can ID them?

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