Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Centreville, VA
Started my first planted tank.. am I cycling it right?
I am just starting my first planted tank. I don't have much experience with fish tanks at all.
Am I doing a fishless cycle correctly? Also, can someone give me the basics on cycling and/or refer me to a website that has info about how to do a fishless cycle? I plan to eventually add a school a tetras (20-30) and about 10 or so ghost shrimp.
Tank - 55 gallon
Substrate - Eco-Complete.. 100 lbs of it
Plants - Microswords, crypt wendtii, and another plant that the LFS said was low light (forgot the name!)
Filter - Rena XP3
Light - t5he 18w bulb that is 10,000k light (i think someone said 6,500 was best, but said to try it out with 10,000k and it shouldn't be too much light for algae)
I do not plan on using co2
After about 20 hours of letting the tank run, I just did a test of the water using the API Freshwater Master Kit:
pH - 7.6
Ammonia - 0.25 - 0.5 ppm (couldn't tell which one it was closer t0
Nitrite - 0 ppm
Nitrate - 5.0 ppm
Are these OK readings for the first day of a fishless cycle? After I did the test, I added a decent amount of fish flakes.. I read that I'm supposed to add the flakes to produce ammonia.
So.. just to confirm.. every few days I add some more fish flakes.. let the light run during the day.. and test the water every few days. When will I know that my tank is done cycling?
Thanks all! I've attached a photo of my tank. Again, eventually I would like to have a school of tetras (20-30) and about 10 ghost shrimp.