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Fishless Cycle: Did it complete?

Discussion in 'Cycle your Tank' started by BMBLSAD, May 5, 2019.

  1. BMBLSAD

    BMBLSAD New Member

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    Hi all,
    First time post to this forum. It's been over 7 years since I had an aquarium up and running, so my memory is kinda foggy.

    I am in the process of doing a fishless cycle. Here are the tank basics:
    - Size: 5g tank
    - Future fish: betta
    - Substrate: Caribsea Eco Complete
    - Plants: 1 live Anubias congensis (TopFin brand, Petco I think)
    - Other organics: cattapa leaf, driftwood
    - Cycle starter: Omega One Betta Buffet pellets

    Cycle Tracking:
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    As you can see in the screen cap of my tracker, the ammonia only went up to 0.5, then it dropped back to 0. But, it did result in nitrites and then a stable nitrate reading. Can I call it cycled? Or do I need to juice it up with more food again so the ammonia goes higher, like 10 or 20, and drops back to 0 before I call it fish ready?

    Thanks all. Appreciate any input.
    Beth
     

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