Cycling my aquarium

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It's amazing cause my last Oscar I had for like 7 months before he jumped out of his aquarium one night and I never had anything like this in my tank. I have only had this tank up for a few weeks. Kind of interesting. Anyways I was testing my wZter this morning after the water changes and noticed if I look closely I can see little ones in the water. They are hard to spot you have to really look. But they are there. More so free floating with some on the glass as well. I have spent the morning trying to identify what it is cause they are kinda grossing me out lol I can't really figure out if they are planaria or nematodes though. Just kinda shocked me cause I havnt even put any decorations in my tank. I guess the first time I started the cycling process before I came here for hhelp I did leave the fish food rotting for a little while though like a week or so I think.
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Big_Chubbz replied the topic: Cycling my aquarium

Sorry to hear about your worms!! Hope everything is going more smoothly.

Still no progress here. I'm convinced the initial drop in ammonia levels I experienced was from the bacteria in a bag that I bought. I'm also convinced that that stuff was worthless and now completely dead. My ammonia levels have remained unchanged for 14 days now.

I'll continue to stay the course, but any advice as to how to speed this up is welcome. I WANT TO BUY MY FISH!! :lol:
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bland replied the topic: Cycling my aquarium

There must be someone in your area with a tank you can borrow some media from. If you don't know anyone hop on craigslist, or whatever is most used in your area and find anyone selling fish or any other form of aquatic livestock. Offer them $20 for a piece of their sponge or other media being used.

If you were local to me I'd give you some bio media out of one of my canisters.
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Thanks for the reply. You actually reminded me that I DO have a buddy that has a tank down in his basement for his kids. Next time I'm over there, I'll bring home some media. I'm not sure what type of filter he is using. Is the filter the best spot to try and harvest from? I'm at day 26 with absolutely no changes in my ammonia level and I'm about to lose patience and put the fish in anyway. Here's an update of my "progress" for anyone keeping score at home. I hope @TrevorB206 is having better luck.


Tank DimensionsW (cm)H (cm)D (cm)Gross Volume (L)Net Volume (L)Target NH3 (ppm)
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DateDayTemppHNO2- (ppm)NO3- (ppm)NH3 (ppm)NH3 to Add (mL)NH3 Added (mL)HypoNH3 (ppm)H20 Change (%)Pellets (mL)Notes
2/15/2016178????N/A0N/A00Added 60mL Top Fin® Water Conditioner and 118mL Marineland® Total Care Aquarium Bacteria
2/16/2016278????N/A0N/A00
2/17/2016382???06.637.53.3901.25
2/18/20164837.80?40.0004.0000
2/19/2016583???40.0004.0000
2/22/2016883???14.4253.2600
2/23/2016983???40.0004.0000
2/25/20161183???40.0004.0000
2/26/20161284?0?40.0004.0000
2/27/20161383???40.0004.0000
2/28/20161483???40.0004.0000
2/29/20161583???40.0004.00100060mL Top Fin Water Conditioner
3/1/20161682???06.6352.2600
3/2/20161782???22.2102.0000
3/4/20161982???22.2102.0000
3/8/20162384???22.2102.0000
3/11/20162684???22.2102.0000WTF?!
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bland replied the topic: Cycling my aquarium

If it's a smaller tank they usually have a small internal filter which is piece or foam with carbon sandwiched in between and a plastic insert with dimples on it which sort of holds the bio for the tank.

They say to replace the foam/carbon regularly, and the foam itself will probably be enough to give your tank the kickstart it needs. Offer to purchase a new foam for your friend, and bring his old one home in tank water. Make sure to keep it wet. Place it right in your filter and take it easy with the ammonia. Don't want to kill the small amount of bio the small sponge will have. You should start to see results right away
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just wanted to give a little update on my problems and see if I can get some more information here. So I did a water change a few days ago and it did seem to make it a little better. I dosed with ammonia up to 3ppm once again and continued the cycle its been a few days now and I am considering doing another water change tomorrow as there are more stuck to the glass near the top water line again. I have been doing a lot of research trying to figure this out and I am not so sure it is planaria anymore. I don't know just because I have never dealt with this situation. However, I don't want to restart my cycling process all over again when it has already been like a month of cycling and I havn't went anywhere. I have done some research and everywhere I go people say it is most likely planaria. However, I found this article earlier which leads me to believe they are actually ditritus worms. article right here www.fish-as-pets.com/2007/11/planaria-detritus-internet-answers.html let me know if anyone knows if this information is correct please. Apparently if they are noticable and on the glass that means poor water quality, overstocked tank, etc. And they can cause the water to have little oxygen if there is too many of them after a population explosion. They gross me out personally. I don't know.
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DRACO replied the topic: Cycling my aquarium

i am not an expert about those planaria , bloodworms etc... but i believe they are part of the water system... i am handling a non-potable water extracted from the ground more than 1000 meter deep.. stored in a isolated water tank, transfer to the roof deck tank via high pressured pump... after a while, we can find planaria and blood worms inside the overhead tank and inside the water closet...

i come to believe that those worms are part of micro-organism present in water including the midges flies..
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yeah. It would make sense since I havn't added anything to the tank. I am sure the explosion was due to the little bit of fish food the first fishless cycle guide told me to add to my aquarium. I guess where I am at now though is I have been doing water changes to combat them. Would this mess with my cycle? Should I just continue the cycle? Any advice on what is best? It hasnt gotten too bad yet. You really couldn't even tell they were there unless you either took some water out and or looked closely. Now they are on the glass above the water line and I had one on the lid yesterday as well. Just want to get this cycle over with lol I am just glad to find out they are normal and not some kind of parasite or anything. From the research I did they are normal and almost every tank will have them, they are a part of the clean up crew. But you arn't supposed to be able to see them at all. They should live in the sand bed so when they start coming to the top of the tank that means the population exploded and they are coming up for oxygen. Which I am sure isn't good for my cycle. I had a giant air bubble wand in my tank along with my filters right at the surface of the water to cause agitation for more oxygen. Not sure what else I can do. anyways
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Big_Chubbz replied the topic: Cycling my aquarium

My ammonia is down to 1ppm! I added 2.5mL to dose it back up to approximately 2.13ppm. I'm pretty excited. I'll keep you posted.
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Big_Chubbz replied the topic: Cycling my aquarium

I've got nitrites and nitrates!!! :woohoo:

Day 33
0.5ppm NO2-
10ppm NO3-
Ammonia was 0!

I dosed 5mL of ammonia to bring it back up to around 2.26.
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