Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Montreal, QC, Canada
Questions about my ongoing cycling
Please calm my worries regarding my cycle; I have a hard time getting any readings at all using API liquid master kit (brand new, expires in 2022). I test every day, and keep getting less than 0.25ppm ammonia (very close to 0ppm actually), less than 0.25ppm nitrite (also very close to 0ppm ), and haven't seen any nitrate at all.
Here's the chronology:
June 15 - Started 30 gal planted tank (Staurygene repens in forefront, dwarf hair grass in midground, Windelov in the back, and 2 Anubias + 1 petite around my hardscape.
June 30 - A friend lend me a biomax of already cycled tank, which I added on top of my own biomax in filter. Also added a small jar of his cycled water, and some floating plants. He also convinced me to add fish and do fish-in cycling, since I was unable to get pure ammonia. I added 5 neon tetras.
July 8 - Added another 5 neon tetras.
And here we are. Water is very clear and clean, fish are actually doing great, and I still have no nitrates (and way too little ammonia/nitrite).
As an optimist, I think it seems to me this might go on for a few more weeks, and then it'll be fine....but I want your opinions.
PS: I know, I shouldn't have done fish-in cycling. I know, neon tetras aren't the best fish for fish-in cycle. Alas, it is what it is!