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Frozen pipes during cycle

My shrimp tank (now a 10) I'd reading levels possibly too high for a cycle? Can too much amm. And trites kill of starting bacteria? No water pipes froze... What should I do?

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I'm doing a fish less cycle, and move the tank contents to a bigger tank. Can the levels get too high for the fish less cycle to properly do its thing?

The water pipes froze no access to water if it needs a change.

Guess just paranoid...


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It would eventually even it's self out, but if you added to much ammonia it would just take longer. You can always get bottled water by the gallon from any store.

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He won't ship till wed. Amm. Is lower than trites, but idunno. Too far to walk. Now going to lie here but my brake line froze and im scared to drive (a good slam fixed it, but wide tires and sketchy brakes +snow =stay home


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Too much ammonia can certainly stall the cycle.

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Ok, so I stood in the cellar and half Mr. Miagi/ half hairdyer fixed my frozen pipes. My solution was use water from the 20 long in the water change, as it seems the minicycle is done from the tank transplant. 20 long was fine with a few less gal. Of water.

Fresh change for all my tanks, but now a heater has died... Lol


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My solution was use water from the 20 long in the water change
That is really not a water change. All that has done is moved dirty water from one tank to the other defeating the purpose of a water change.


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Well is was a cycled tank, and I had no other source of water. The 20 long was good with a bucket less. And now that my pipes are unfroze, I did changes on both. In a pinch, i feel it was better than nothing...


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