Cycling my aquarium

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TrevorB206 replied the topic: Cycling my aquarium

Hey everyone, just wanted to give you all an update and I also had a question as well actually. So I am on day 10 now so far and my ammonia levels continue to sit at about 3ppm and I started double checking all possible issues all over again when I realized my canister filters UV light was on when I assumed it would be off unless turned on. Which apparently was not the case. Will this have an affect on my cycle? Do I have to do this all over again? I sure hope not. So far this cycle has went anything but easy. Thanks guys
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hmt321 replied the topic: Cycling my aquarium

It is not going to help, lots of people use uv filters. The bb you are after in a tank cycle is anchored, not in the water column. But it can spread through the water column. If anything you may have just slowed the cycle down a few days. Turn the uv off, and go about your business.

A watched pot never boils, and it seems to take 40 fevers before you see nitrate. Most of us have been there, hve patience
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Big_Chubbz replied the topic: Cycling my aquarium

I also want to make a note, I am starting to get a little worried here. I am not sure what is going on. But the ammonia I bought earlier comes in quite a big bottle maybe a 2 liter or so. throughout the day I have added a little bit at a time. And for some reason I am still testing at 0 for ammonia. Anybody ever encountered this or have an idea what the problem may be? I am getting a little worried here. Thanks everyone for the help


It looks like you have already figured this out for yourself, but that ammonia you had from the Dollar Store was SUPER dilute. I think it is 10x less concentrated than the stuff from ACE hardware. I used the same stuff at first and had to make a special trip to ACE.

Here's a picture of what I had:



Anyway, I threw that crap away and used the 10% concentrated stuff from ACE starting on 2/17. My ammonia dropped from about 4ppm on that date to 1ppm on 2/22. I re-dosed on 2/22 and am still waiting for the second drop. I just thought I'd post and let you know that I've been cycling for about a week now, and haven't generated any nitrites yet either.

Good Luck!
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Okay thanks for the information everyone. @ Big Chubbz I dosed my aquarium to around 4ppm like 12 days ago. I did a water change about 4 or 5 days ago because I had begun thinking perhaps I went over 4 ppm. I am on day 4 or 5 now of being at 3 ppm and still have not dropped any ammonia and continue to stay at about 3ppm. Not sure if I am doing something wrong or what.
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Big_Chubbz replied the topic: Cycling my aquarium

This is my first time, too, so I am by no means an expert, but I think you have to be patient. If you never found any seed material, you are, after all, literally waiting for these bacteria to show up out of thin air.

My first measurable drop occurred after 5 days, but I used 118mL Marineland® Total Care Aquarium Bacteria at the outset. I read that some people don't recommend using the bacteria in a bag, but I read that after I had added it, so I figured I'd just forge on and keep careful notes.

Just for the record, I might also have a smaller aquarium than you. I'm trying to setup this bio filter in about 221L. I also have two of those Bio-Wheels on my filter as well as a small airstone and a 10" bubble wand. I've got the heater cranked up, and the temperature is staying between 83-84.

If it's any consolation, I just tested my ammonia today, and it is still at 4, and I have 0 nitrites. This bummed me out, because it has been 4 days since I added ammonia. I thought it would drop quicker this time, and I might actually see some nitrite. My water was actually a little cloudy for the first two or three days, and I'm worried that I might've had a bacteria bloom (of the wrong kind of bacteria maybe from that stuff I bought). The water is crystal clear now, so I'm just going to keep on keeping on!

I'll keep you posted. Stay patient and Good Luck!
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It's all good I'm just starting to get frustrated. I know I did it the wrong way with my last tank and all but atleast it actually cycled. I just did a water change daily. I have had my tank for over a month now with absolutely no progress. I am still at square one and havnt had even the slightest drop in ammonia. If I seen even a slight result it would most likely be enough to keep me going. Unfortunately I have this big fish tank and it seems pretty clear to me at this rate it is going to be months before I am able to get a fish. I am doing a water change today. And I will consider what I want to do from there I guess. I don't know. But yeah I have a 75 gallon tank, heater is at 82 degrees, and ammonia has stayed at 3ppm now for like 7 days, before that it was at 4 ppm for like 10 days. I also have a 24" bubble wand cranked all the way up. And my canister filter is right at the top of the water. I have done a ton of research and while every other guide is different in one little way or the other they are all generally the same. I am using ace hardware ammonia with a medicine dropper and a ammonia calculator when I dose. I am doing everything right everytime and I havnt had the slightest drop in ammonia.
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hmt321 replied the topic: Cycling my aquarium

I would go to your local live fish store and ask them for a cup of gravel from one of their established tanks. Non chain stores will usually do this for people. Be sure to take a ziplock bag with you.

When you get the gravel put it in your filter so it can start to seed bacteria to the rest of the media.

Fish less cycling is boring, but by far the best way to start.
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TrevorB206 replied the topic: Cycling my aquarium

Yeah no I know. I am just complaining because it hasn't went well at all and is taking sooo long. But I know it's best that is why I am doing it. I want my future Oscar to be as healthy as possible. Unfortunately I live in a smaller town and there is only one fish store and while it is a smaller chain they refused to help me out with some gravel earlier which is why I am doing it without seeding material
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Big_Chubbz replied the topic: Cycling my aquarium

Have you considered One & Only Nitrifying Bacteria for Freshwater Aquaria to speed things up?

It looks like it runs about $0.50 per gallon treated. Has anyone tried this or have any opinions?
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Suprd71 replied the topic: Cycling my aquarium

Being old school, old in general actually,lol, I am of the opinion that bacteria in a bottle is worthless. You MAY see a bit of a jump start, but then a false sense of security sets in, then it all dies off and you have no cycle .


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