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Cycling help on my new tank

So here are my test results:

pH: 8.0
Ammonia: 1.0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 40-80ish (hard to tell the difference between the colors)

I know plants like ammonia, but should I do a water change to bring it down some? I know though that I need ammonia in order for the nitrites to build up.

When I am going to add fish though, I am planning on taking media from my 15G and placing it in this tank to get a kick start on cycling. Should I even do that now to help out with it as there is already ammonia in the water?

(PS I have not been adding ammonia or any fish food what-so-ever, I believe it's from the dirt I used)


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Nitrifying bacteria only really need one thing to get established in your aquarium: food. Since you already have some ammonia in your tank, you should add the filter media from the old tank ASAP. That way the bacteria can immediately begin to colonize, shortening the time it will take your new tank to cycle fully.

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Thanks wetworks, I thought doing that would help it out. Media from my 15G is now in the new tank. Thanks!


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if there are plants there.. they have already started ur cycle.. they are loaded with beneficial bacteria

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Do water changes to knock the ammonia down, and start feeding the tank as if you had fish. This will help the "good bacteria" get better established.
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