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New tank cycling questions

Discussion in 'Cycle your Tank' started by junyor, Nov 15, 2019.

  1. junyor

    junyor New Member

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    Hi There:
    I need light in this matter with my aquarium, I started a fishless cycle in my 36g tank in Oct. 30, I started with 4.0 PPM Ammonia using Dr. Tim, today I'm still at 4.0 ppm in Ammonia, here's what I have:
    1. 36g Tank, with chiller, air stones, 50g filter (aqueon), all the decoration
    2. I added Dr. Tim Ammonia to 4.0 ppm to start cycle, since day 1 I'm at 4.0 ppm
    3. 2 days ago I added Micro lift nite-out II bacteria to jump start the cycling process
    4. Right now my tank water is cloudy (since last friday) and is still at 4.0 ppm (maybe bacterial bloom)
    5. Since I live in the Caribbean my chiller was first set up to 76 degrees F, now I have it in 81 degrees to see if bacteria likes it better.
    My question is, I did wrong adding Micro lift? I know cycling a tank can take some time, am I in the right path? do I keep adding micro lift?

    Thanks
     
  2. seangee

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    Hi and :hi:

    Are you sure your ammonia is only 4ppm? If it is too high that can stall the cycle process. The additional bacteria additives should not have done any harm but may not be worth using in your case. Bacteria supplements can be killed if they are not correctly shipped or stored (this includes getting too hot). As it was probably shipped from the US mainland I would not be surprised if it is worthless. Not suggesting there is anything wrong with US products ;), but there is no way of telling how long it was left standing in port or customs or if it was kept refrigerated.

    I would change 25% of the water. This should drop you ammonia to 3ppm. If it doesn't keep diluting until it is 3ppm. Cycling can take longer in some tanks than others so at this stage I would say just be patient.

    I assume you already found it but just in case here is an easy guide Cycling Your New Fresh Water Tank: Read This First!
     
  3. junyor

    junyor New Member

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    Thanks for the advise. I was thinking making a water change to drop the ammonia.
     
  4. junyor

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    Hi:
    I did the WC last Friday and dropped the Ammonia to 2.0ppm, as of today the ammonia is still at 2.0 with no Nitrite or Nitrate presence, also the cloudiness is still there and is very very cloudy.

    Thanks
     
  5. junyor

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    I forgot to mention, I did a 25 WC
     

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