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Strange Cycle

Discussion in 'Tropical Discussion' started by karin15, Nov 26, 2006.

  1. karin15

    karin15 Member

    Nov 4, 2006
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    ok so a few days ago I took apart my empty 20 gallon and changed the gravel
    I filled up half of the talk with water that I sucked out from the bottom of my larger tank useing a vacume it was full of gunk and little leaves that fell off my plants and the normal stuff, then I put one big sponge from my larger tank's filter into my smallerst tank.

    so basicaly new gravel a gourami and a hang on filter with old sponge in it

    I tested it the next day just amonia: 1.7-2.0 amonia
    tested it later that night: 1.5 amonia
    didn't test till taday(probably 3-4 days): 0 amonia, so then i tested nitrite:0, and then nitrate 3

    I tested the amonia 3 more times and got the same results

    I don't even think it has been a week do you think the tank is cycled?
    my gut feeling is that I overloaded the tank with gunk from my large tank and it took a few days for the bacteria from the filter to catch up but hey you never know.

    so do you think my cycle is done?
  2. IceMan569

    IceMan569 Member

    Nov 10, 2006
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    Pa USA
    i would

    add couple fish but nothing to pricey

    2-3 fish

    i just did same thing on 20 gal

    used 55 gal water and whole filter

    added 4 platy and couple feeder guppy
    not one died been 5 days
  3. xoedusk

    xoedusk Member

    Sep 7, 2006
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    Seattle, WA U.S.A.
    I think you're fine. But I wouldn't fully stock yet. Test daily for a week once you stock. A couple of handfuls of gravel will help too.

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