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cuzbruz 08-29-2011 06:54 PM

Yet another Cycle story - My first post! brand new to the fish world
Hi All,
I just joined this forum after doing a bit of reading on here. It seems that im not the only one who is bummed by cycling! Im very much looking forward to start stocking but i want to do it right.

Heres what i have
Aquaone AR510
All built in stuff
Black gravel and stacked light coloured slate

To assist my cycle i went to the fish store and they gave me a piece of their wool from their filter. It was all green and smelt like an aquarium should. I shook this out in my tank and now all the green stuff is in my current filter and my tank is cloudy.

This is good right?

Also, i didnt shake my bottle of easy life water conditioner before adding it only to realise today that i should have shaken it because its extremely turbid on shaking and almost clear when not. So i added it again after shaking.

Could the untreated chlorine have killed my bacteria already?

My pH is at 7.8
ammonia is reading at about 5ppm (but my tap water also tests slightly positive)
Nitrate and nitrite are 0ppm
Temperature is 28 deg (about 80F)

Very excited to be on here!

SeaHorse 08-29-2011 07:09 PM

Welcome to TFK Cuzbruz! Take your time with this or add lots of plants to lessen the cycle time. Sorry I can't answer your questions.

cuzbruz 08-29-2011 07:28 PM

Thanks jackiebaby! Im slowly gaining patience :)

brownmane 08-31-2011 07:20 PM

I don't think that the chlorine would have killed your bacteria. You added the water conditioner once and then again after shaking it. I don't think that not shaking it would have had much negative effect. Keep checking your water parameters. The ammonia should go down, with an increase showing in nitrites. Then the nitrites should go down and an increase in nitrates should show up. I don't know how long to expect this to take, since I have not yet done cycling with material that already has beneficial bacteria in it. I have only two tanks, and both I cycled with new water and waited the 6-8 weeks for the beneficial bacteria to grow.

brownmane 08-31-2011 07:22 PM

And I have both tanks planted, but did this after I had cycled them. Just now learning that a planted tank is a faster way to make water safe for fish. I've learned a lot from TFK.

cuzbruz 08-31-2011 07:56 PM

Thanks brownmane. I fed the tank some fish flakes to get some ammonia in there. Interestingly, there is ammonia in my tap water. But im using EasyLife which is supposed to remove the ammonia. Using the API master test kit, i get about 2ppm ammonia, 0 nitrites and 0 nitrates. I will keep checking and keep you guys posted!

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