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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-03-2011, 05:08 PM Thread Starter
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Cycling question

I have a 2.5 gallon tank set up and its been cycling for about 27 days now and I was wondering if I should wait a little longer for my nitrite levels to come up, It's already at 5. And my ammonia levels dropped, it was a 5.0, now its 1.0. Do I keep waiting, or is it done cycling?

CURRENT LEVELS
PH 7.0
Alk 300
Hard 75
Nitrate 40
Nitrite 5
Ammonia 1.0

Also should I be doing 20% water changes after its done cycling?? Or should I have been doing water changes while its cycling?

Also iv'e read somewhere that when your tank is done cycling that you should do a 90% water change. When can I do that?

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One more thing I forgot to put in, my tank is very dirty!!!! The algae turned my rock a different color...... I think its because I didn't do water changes. Or its probably just normal >.<

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Your tank is not done cycling until there's 0 ammonia and 0 nitrites present so I would let it go a while longer. What's your ammonia source? A 2.5 gallon can be cycled with a few snails or even fish food.

The brown algae on your glass and rocks will go away on its own in a little bit. It's a new tank thing.
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Your tank is not done cycling until there's 0 ammonia and 0 nitrites present so I would let it go a while longer. What's your ammonia source? A 2.5 gallon can be cycled with a few snails or even fish food.

The brown algae on your glass and rocks will go away on its own in a little bit. It's a new tank thing.
I used fish flakes, and thank you so much for helping me.
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What about the water changes?
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dont do them unless your nitrates are very high right now.
you need to wait until the cycle is over. i think you initially overdosed on the ammonia. immediately after your ammonia and nitrite get to 0, do a big water change and put in some snails.




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Don't do water changes until the cycle is done. Most tanks have an algae outbreak in the first couple months. Things take a while to settle down. Relax and go with it!
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dont do them unless your nitrates are very high right now.
you need to wait until the cycle is over. i think you initially overdosed on the ammonia. immediately after your ammonia and nitrite get to 0, do a big water change and put in some snails.
I was planning on putting some shrimp in there, would that be ok?
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I was planning on putting some shrimp in there, would that be ok?
Just to be clear: if you have anything other than zero ammonia and nitrites, your cycle is not done. Putting fish in before it's done is less than a good idea; putting shrimp in before it's done is definitely a bad idea.
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no shrimp wont be ok in a brand new cycled tank (chances will be that it wont be completely cycled). So start with snails then after a few weeks swap for shrimp if you keep getting 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite, and your water changes keep the nitrates at 20ppm or less.




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Ok cool Ill put some snails in there, and I wasn't going to put shrimp in there right away. Also i'm guessing that the ammonia wont effect the snails, am I correct?
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it will effect the snails, you should really wait until you have 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite, and do a big water change right before putting the snails in there...




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Ok cool, Thank you so much for you help. I really appreciate it.
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They are all exactly right. Also... raise the temperature to 85. the bacteria wchich convert the nitrite to nitrate like this temp more and multiply way faster than they do at lower temps (this is thye secret to a fast cycle) do it as soon as you see nitrites, not before


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They are all exactly right. Also... raise the temperature to 85. the bacteria wchich convert the nitrite to nitrate like this temp more and multiply way faster than they do at lower temps (this is thye secret to a fast cycle) do it as soon as you see nitrites, not before
Nice hint!! Thanks for that


Buhh my heater for the tank is not adjustable.... :'/

Any suggestions? Just put hot water in there I guess.
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