Hi I am new to the forum and was curious is this was normal. I am in my third week of cycling my fish tank fish-less and still have no readings. My ammonia is at about 3.5 ppm nitrates 0 and nitrites 0. My ammonia dropped once to 2 and I bumped it back up to about 4 it has been around four for a while. never had nitrates or nitrites. Temp is about 80 degrees and I am using a pure ammonia (doesnt foam) Only had too add ammonia once to bring it back to four. Am I doing anything wrong? Thanks for the help.
Are you sure it's pure ammonia? Surfactants would cause it to foam but it might contain other chemicals that could be preventing bacteria from growing.
Sometimes, though, all it takes is patience. Seeding the tank with bacteria from an established tank (via filter media or decor) could help speed up the process.
Its the ace hardware brand. I have heard numeroud people that have used this brand for cycling a tank. I tried asking lfs's for used media and they all said no.... Any ideas? Thanks for replying
have you any friends,or friends of friends:-P who have aquariums ?
they may offer you some ?
where abouts are you ?
Anyone have any info. I am getting tempted to start over. I have been told that I should have some readings by now. How long does it take on average to get nitrate or nitrite readings?
It depends on a huge number of factors that you can't really quantify, so there's no set amount of time. However, I have heard of cycles taking an incredibly long period of time (a month or more) to get started.
You could also try increasing the temperature a bit. This increases the growth of the bacteria.
^^ i was going to say the same thing. :-D
my tank took forever to cycle,about 6 weeks if my memory serves.
you will get there honest.
One trick would be going to your LFS (that sells potted plants from a cycled tank) and purchasing one of those. the plant will likely die BUT the media it is in will likely contain a good portion of bacteria that will take over.
what a great idea. !
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