04-15-2009, 01:23 PM
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Originally Posted by omgPlaty
It was slightly darker than 1 yesterday, and it still looks about the same color today.
Ph: still 7.2
Temp: Right at 77 degrees F
Nitrites: Slightly darker than 1
(tank size: 10 Gallons)
I ordered Tetrafin Cycle off of amazon and hoping it will be here soon. I live in Montana and there isn't a huge variety of stores in this little city. All of the chains store I went to didn't have it. One even told me that I don't need to "cycle" my tank. The one ma and pa LFS I could go to has a horrible reputation for treatment of animals.
If the adult platy doesn't make it. Will the food for and waste produced from the fry be enough to continue my cycle?
Ugh.. I feel like a failure watching him try to swim.
In my view the tank is still cycling (it takes anywhere from 2-8 weeks). You've gone through the ammonia stage and are now in the nitrite stage. All you can do is wait it out. Partial water changes can help, 30% daily, don't vaccum the gravel (it will remove the bacteria you are trying to establish). If the adult platy dies, remove it immediately and the cycling will continue although the bacteria will obviously be fewer with less food (ammonia for the nitrosomonas and nitrite for the nitrobacter bacteria).
At that point (having removed the dead adult platy) I would add a bit of fish food (amount you would feed the adult platys) and this will break down and provide ammonia for the nitrosomonas and so forth. The baby platy might just make it, but he won't provide much ammonia so the food will help the cycling. When the nitrite reads 0 for a couple of days (and the ammonia will remain at 0 from now on I would hope) the tank is "cycled" for the bioload it contains. As the platy grows the bacteria will multiply accordingly, though small obviously, and the tank will stabilize. Then you'll be ready for more fish if that's what you want, but only a couple at a time so as not to overload the system suddenly and create a mini-cycle. Bacteria multiply fairly rapidly once established to keep up with their food source, but too much too suddenly can crash the cycle.