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- Apr 29, 2012
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- Hokitika, New Zealand
Full doses and snack doses of whatI added 2 full doses and 3 snack doses. The nitrites did go down in about 15-24 hours on the last dose. I'm 90% sure I got to 3ppm at the last full dose. Have I done anything wrong :^) and ok, instead of all the tetras and corys in the 1st week ill just add the corys, then the neons, then the goumaris.
There are ways to cycle a tank quickly.ok, i have an answer, some websites are saying 2 weeks minimum, some are saying 4 weeks, but most are saying about 3-7 weeks
I had a beneficial bacteria starter that works.There are ways to cycle a tank quickly.
Using media from a mature tank.
Using a bacterial starter that works
Having a lot of fast growing plants in the tank (just a couple aren't enough)
But without these it can take weeks. And weeks of adding 3 ppm ammonia not food and poop.
Well, what im about to say will probably spark an argument...but ammonia isn't an option for me, sorry. Im simply not allowed ammonia I really hate saying "lets see what happens" when there are life's involved, but im saying it. I have seen many threads of 1st time cyclers like me saying "cycled tank unexpected fish deaths" or "Fish dying in cycled tank" Ect etc, its probably one of the most common threads on this forum, after that the people who know what there doing like you tell them why they cycled there tank incorrectly, then the fish die, then they learn a valuable lesson and do it right next time, thats why i like the forum.The way to know if a tank is cycled is to add 3 ppm ammonia and if there is zero ammonia and zero nitrite next day, it is cycled.
The other way is to get a lot more plants, particularly floating plants, and to wait until you see lots of new growth. Then add fish a few at a time, testing every day to make sure ammonia and nitrite stay at zero.
What kind of plants are those? They look so terrestrial! I like themHi, my nitrates have exelled drastically and my ammonia and nitrites are at 0 ppm. I will add the following fish:
2 dwarf goumaris (1 male and 1 female)
5 cory catfish (3 banded corys)
8 neon tetras.
I will add the tetras and corys tomorrow and the goumaris next week. My water parameters:
Ammonia: 0 ppm
Temperature: 28 degrees celcius.
This is a photo of my tank now:
I'll send pics of the tank with fish tomorrow and I'll give updates regularly.
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