Cycling Concern - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 3 Old 02-09-2019, 08:10 AM Thread Starter
New Member
Cycling Concern

I've been fishless cycling my 10 gallon for a month and my ammonia is looking great, it will take 2.0 ppm to 0 within 24 hours every day. My nitrite is at 0. But my nitrate reading won't go down. Water temperature is about 80°. I put in the tank 1 - 5" driftwood, 1 - conconut hut, 2 - 1.5" marimo balls 4 weeks ago and 2 - golf ball size java moss 2 weeks ago. Should I add more plants? Do more water changes? I did 2 - 50% water changes 3 and 4 days ago and it's back up to 80 ppm. Should I keep dosing with ammonia? Should I stop, do another water change and put a fish in there? This will be a shrimp tank with a divider and has 2 sponge filters currently.
Ricksza is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 3 Old 02-09-2019, 11:42 AM
Wait, are you adding ammonia everyday? Add ammonia once (2ppm) and then don't bother the tank. No water changes, no extra ammonia. What filter is running/ did you add bottled bacteria?
Genos is offline  
post #3 of 3 Old 02-11-2019, 03:49 PM
as long as the plants are consuming the ammonia, there can/will be nitrates. After the bacteria builds up the plants will start consuming nitrates.

maintain Fw and marine system with a strong emphasis on balanced, stabilized system that as much as possible are self substaning.

have maintained FW systems for up to 9 years with descendants from original fish and marine aquariums for up to 8 years.

With no water changes, untreated tap water, inexpensive lighting by first starting the tank with live plants (FW) or macro algae( marine)

beaslbob is offline  

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Kalwaser concern bearwithfish Water Chemistry 13 08-13-2010 10:35 AM
Used 55 G Tank and other concern DisneyCoralReef Beginner Saltwater Aquariums 8 02-28-2010 07:53 PM
Pictus barbels-cause for concern aunt kymmie Catfish 2 01-09-2009 10:09 PM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome