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Christople 04-17-2011 03:44 PM

When is it done cycling
 
Hi I have a ten gallon and I want to know when it will be done cycling, right now the water is cloudy and I was told that is a sign of a bacteria bloom but when is it truly done cycling and how can I tell.

HMlairy 04-17-2011 04:44 PM

You can use a test kit or just rough estimate.
It usually takes a month or so with ammonia present

Byron 04-18-2011 01:21 PM

Cloudiness is not necessarily related to cycling, in fact it rarely is. A "bacterial bloom" causing cloudiness can occur at any time, though most often during the first few weeks because the tank is not "established" [which is not the same as cycled]. Cloudiness can also be caused by the substrate, and this can last days, weeks, even months.

Cycling itself can take anywhere from 2 to 8 weeks normally. It depends upon several factors. Having live plants usually results in no discernable "cycle" at all.

Christople 04-18-2011 07:38 PM

So I can just add fish from th get go... ADA is the soil and I don't think it is causing water cloudiness and I believe it is a bacteria bloom, BTW Byron it is the same ten gall for the rams.

Byron 04-18-2011 07:53 PM

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Originally Posted by Christople (Post 652264)
So I can just add fish from th get go... ADA is the soil and I don't think it is causing water cloudiness and I believe it is a bacteria bloom, BTW Byron it is the same ten gall for the rams.

Now that I know this info, I would guess the cloudiness is from the substrate. I have a slight cloudiness from Flourite, an enriched substrate similar to ADA. It won't hurt fish, so yes, add some fish if this is planted.

As to when the cloudiness may dissipate, I don't know. My tank with Flourite has been running 5-6 weeks now. It is not bad, it is just not "clear" by comparison to the other tanks in my fishroom.

Christople 04-18-2011 08:52 PM

Same here and again thanks so much. I might be to get the rams soon and more green cabomba.


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