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post #1 of 70 (permalink) Old 01-22-2013, 06:01 PM Thread Starter
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Fully cycled already?

I started cycling my tank on the 13th ... today i did my normal water change and tested the water and was shocked to see 0 ammonia, 0 nitrites and 5+ ppm nitrates

however my tests never read any nitrites ... so i am wondering is my tank truly cycled or not

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5 gallon - Betta and ADF
20 long - Hatchling turtles and corydoras.

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post #2 of 70 (permalink) Old 01-22-2013, 06:05 PM
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Are you using a liquid test kit?

It's possible your tank really is "cycled."

How were you cycling it? Water changes during a fishless cycle are not necessary. Were you adding ammonia to the tank?
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post #4 of 70 (permalink) Old 01-22-2013, 06:09 PM Thread Starter
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i am doing a fish in cycle so i have been busting my butt to keep him healthy

yes i have an api master test kit i have never used strips

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15 gallon - Axolotl
5 gallon - Betta and ADF
20 long - Hatchling turtles and corydoras.

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i know its fast thats why i am asking ... maybe i did something wrong?

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20 long - Hatchling turtles and corydoras.

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Do you have plants in there too? If so, your plants are probably using up the ammonia/nitrates. If it were me, I would probably do 20% water change every couple of days for another month, just to be safe.
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i have a full log of water changes and test results but i cant type it up on my ds

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5 gallon - Betta and ADF
20 long - Hatchling turtles and corydoras.

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post #8 of 70 (permalink) Old 01-22-2013, 06:14 PM Thread Starter
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nope its not planted yet ... just my betta a filter a heater and a ceramic hide

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5 gallon - Betta and ADF
20 long - Hatchling turtles and corydoras.

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Yea, it's probably just a lull in the cycle then - keep up the good work on water changes and keep testing.

FWIW my 5G Betta tank took about 40 days to fully cycle (fishless, I was adding ~3ppm ammonia).
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why would my tank go from a steady .25 ppm ammonia to 0? that really concerns me ...

i have been doing daily 40% waterchanges since my ammonia got up to 1ppm ... should i keep the same amount and frequency?

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15 gallon - Axolotl
5 gallon - Betta and ADF
20 long - Hatchling turtles and corydoras.

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Since you registered Nitrate and no Nitrites, your bacterial colony might be large enough to process the tiny amount of ammonia left over after your big water changes - in which case, your tank is "cycled" (meaning, you have a colony of Nitrosomonas and Nitrobacter present).

Try cutting your water change frequency to every 2 days (but test each day still) and see if it remains constant.
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post #12 of 70 (permalink) Old 01-22-2013, 06:42 PM Thread Starter
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will do

40 gallon - Misc fish
15 gallon - Axolotl
5 gallon - Betta and ADF
20 long - Hatchling turtles and corydoras.

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I think many change out to much water when cycling. I start off at 50 percent and work it until about 30 percent. I always pack as many plants as possible... Fo me That is the secret



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post #14 of 70 (permalink) Old 01-23-2013, 08:10 PM Thread Starter
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tested again today ... exact same readings .. maybe a trace of ammonia it was hard to tell it was so close to zero. i am wondering if i shouldnt test my tap water for nitrates

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15 gallon - Axolotl
5 gallon - Betta and ADF
20 long - Hatchling turtles and corydoras.

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Won't hurt to test the tap. LOTS of people find nitrates in their tap.
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