Tank cycled in 5 days?
Okay I know I am going to get a bit of hate just for the title... But, here is the story.
I have been a saltwater guy in the past, had a very successful FOWLR tank that I had to sell due to a move. Now, a few years later, I have decided to try my hand at freshwater. My goal is a planted tank with a few fish.
My setup -
2 Penguin 350 HOB filters
1 MaxiJet 900 (for flow)
2 150 Watt Fluval Heaters
In my saltwater tank, I used fish-in cycling, so I decided to do that here as well. I turned everything on and let it run for 48hrs (murkiness completely cleared), then added 6 Tiger Barbs. I checked the water day 1 (no fish in) and everything read perfect - 0 ammonia 0 nitrite 0 nitrate, etc. The only thing that was picked up was hard water (because I have hard water!) I am planning to add some driftwood to help lower the PH a little.
I checked it again after a full 48 hrs with the barbs in there (this morning) and everything still reads perfect...
In saltwater, I was already showing ammonia at this point... Did I cycle already? I already bought new test strips and even had my buddy try his and all have read the same...
Has anyone seen similar?
FYI I used Prime and Stability.
Last edited by herefishyfishyfishy; 03-18-2014 at 06:47 PM.