Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Los Angeles, CA
1st tank - Planted 6G fluval edge (questions!)
I put together my first fish tank 10 days ago. It's a fluval edge 6 gallon with some drift wood, lava rock and gravel substrate. It has a marimo ball, java moss, java fern and annubia.
I set everything up and added the fluval nutrafin for 3 consecutive days as stated in the instruction.
I had every intention of doing a fishless cycle but my lfs, which has pretty good reviews here, told me don't to do fishless in such a small tank so I took his advice and got a single harlequin rasbora to start.
I'll put up pics in time but for now I have some questions on my cycling, which is puzzling me. I'm wondering if the fluval nutrafin product is the culprit.
Days 1-3 - added Nutrafin according to directions
Day 3 - Added one Harlequin Rasbora
Day 5 (API master test kit came in): PH: 8, Ammonia 0.15PPM, Nitrite 0, Nitrate 30PPM
Day 6: PH 7.9, Ammonia 0.25PPM, Nitrite 0, Nitrate 15PPM
Day 7: PH 7.9, Ammonia 0.15PPM, Nitrite 0, Nitrate 20PPM
Day 10: PH 7.9, Ammonia 0.20PPM, Nitrite 0, Nitrate 20PPM
Day 12: PH 7.9, Ammonia .10PPM, Nitrite 0, Nitrate 20PPM
Day 14: PH 7.9, Ammonia 0.2PPM, Nitrate 0, Nitrate 15PPM
It sounds like I'm still at the first stage in the cycle but according to what I've read I should start seeing Nitrite readings by now and probably a far higher Ammonia reading. Should I be doing anything different? Also, could the cycle product be causing a problem?
Last edited by rizorith; 01-19-2013 at 12:44 AM.
Reason: Updated Cycling data