Blackout killed my cycle, HELP PLZ

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Hi! Ive been reading articles on this site for a while now, made an account to ask for help.

I have one tank, its 486litres (128 gallons US) with one albino tiger oscar in it (4-5inches). Ive recently gone through a blackout caused by severe storms and my cycle has crashed and I dont know what to do to keep my oscar safe while it cycles again. Ive just moved to the city im in and dont know anyone else with a tank to ask for cycled media, i went to my LFS to ask today and one of the oscars there had ich so I wasnt game enough to ask them. Ive been dosing with stability and prime for about a week now and still nothing.

My ph is at 7, ammonia at .5ppm, nitrites and nitrates still both at 0.

Is there anything I could do to make sure my oscar survives and/or speed up the cycle process again? Hes the only fish Ive kept since I had goldfish when I was a kid so Im defs no expert.

Someone please help! I dont want anything to happen to him/her
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Hello and welcome to OFL. I think not nearly as bad as you may think. IF your tests are accurate, .5 ammonia at 7Ph is not anywhere near lethal. You may even be getting a false reading, depending on when in relation to dosing Prime you ate testing. 0 nitrite is very good. 0 nitrate is an indication of no cycle, but again, the validity of the test may be questioned. Unless your blackout was longer than 12hrs or so, and if your media stayed wet/submerged, you shouldnt have lost too much bacteria. If you have a sealed unit, like a canister filter, should be no damage at all. Going forward to be safe, I suggest 50-75% water changes every 2-3 days, dosing with Prime at every change. Monitor water, when you start to show some nitrate, you are clear.


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Why Im worried is every day i have to change the water out as the ammonia keeps spiking up to 2.0 and i have to change out heaps to bring it back down.

Doesnt that many changes slow the cycling process?

I dont want my oscar to get ammonia burns but at the same time I dont wanna slow the process. When it starts cycling, wont I also get a nitrite spike before it starts to convert it to nitrate?

The power was out for over 24hours and it was very cold and then very very hot here. (I live in Aus)
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Thankyou for the advice though I will kew)ep that in mind :)
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Suprd71 replied the topic: Blackout killed my cycle, HELP PLZ

Prime will protect from ammonia for up to 48hrs. Therefore you should be able to get away with every 2nd day w/c. Fish is still relatively small, tank is a good size volume, toxins shouldn't build that quickly. Keep feeding minimal, keep filters clean, remove fish waste. Everything helps. There will be a point when a nitrite spike may happen. At that point you can protect the fish with a salt solution in the water. Fish will ingest salt ions, not nitrite. Have you tested your tap water for ammonia? What test method are you using, strips or liquid kit? Also, no, water changes do not slow down the cycling process... within reason. 100% twice a day, obviously yes. Reasonable daily amounts are ok, there is still ammonia present to feed the bacteria


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Aw okay thankyou, an effective salt solution would be how much mixed in what amount of water?

Im currently testing daily with an api liquid test kit.

Thankyoy for all your feedback I really appreciate it, Ive been worried as it looks like my oscar is starting to get a bit of a red tinge to his gill plate and I cant remember if that was there before.

Thankyou again
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Also yes I have and my tap water reads at 0 ammonia
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Suprd71 replied the topic: Blackout killed my cycle, HELP PLZ

If it comes to salting the tank, its aquarium salt at 1tsp per 5g of water. You can also at a groc store get pickling or rock salt. Not iodized table salt. The red tinge on the gill plate may well be natural coloring. When a fish is experiencing negative effects from toxins it will be somewhat obvious. Not eating, lethargic, just general "off" behavior. Is there maybe a local aquarium club that would help you out with some bio media?


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Ill have to find out about an aquarium club but i think i might have just had a brilliant idea about where to get some media, so thanks for giving me the idea!

And awesome, i will have to just keep a close eye on my parameters and his behaviour.

Thankyou for everything, will let you know how it goes.

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DRACO replied the topic: Blackout killed my cycle, HELP PLZ

Suprd71 got you covered.

i just want to check, did you clean the filter after the long brownout?
how do you maintain the filtration system?

sometimes, wrong procedure compromise the nitrogen cycle.... just saying...
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