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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 05-31-2011, 07:43 PM Thread Starter
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request for help analyzing parameters

Thanks for help.

I have two tanks, one established over a year, the other set up yesterday. They both have the same exact parameters.

The established tank is 5 gallon with fish, frog, and 2 crypts and some floater plants.

The new one is 20 gallon (only half full) has miracle grow, pool filter sand, lights, plants and a couple of snails. It has no filter or water circulation or fish. When I first added water there was some from the established tank. Then I had an issue with the sand and many water changes, a couple were 90%. So not sure if there is much left in there.

The test strips came back exactly the same:

NO3: 20 ish
NO2: 0
GH: off the chart, a golden yellow, very hard
KH: 150
PH: 7.5

Ammonia test: 0

Since the test I added loads of tan fuzz from the filter to the new tank.

What do I need to do to cycle the 20 gallon? I know people with planted tans don't cycle. I have loads of plants. I am not sure there is enough of the fast growing stem plants though.

Should I wait and test again in a week? If the parameters are the same next week is it ready for fish or shrimp? I would love to put some shrimp in now.

I'd like to get a powerhead with prefilter before putting the fish in.

Anyway what do my numbers mean. I have read articles but what does it meant that both tanks have the same numbers even though there must have been only 1% of the established water left in the new tank.

Thanks for your help,

Christy
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I don't know a lot about cycling tanks but I believe shrimp are sensitive to ammonia and most new tanks will have an ammonia spike, so I think you want to continue the fishless cycle at least until you see this ammonia spike. Planting the tank heavily is the best thing to do but I think you still have to wait 4 to 6 weeks for livestock. I would wait unless you hear differently from someone with more experience.


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