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Fishless Cycling Questions

Discussion in 'Water Maintainence' started by gillian, Jan 6, 2016.

  1. gillian

    gillian Well-Known Member

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    brooklyn, ny
    Hello,

    I have some questions as I embark on this journey. Last time I had fish, I cycled it with them in and it was stressful for me (as well as the fish), so here I am. I am slightly confused with the wealth of mixed opinions and directions to follow to fishless cycle.

    I started by reading this article on this forum: http://goldfishkeepers.com/fishlesscycle.php
    1) First, is this information still considered accurate? Some of the writing is definitely not clear or leaves details out.

    2) My most important question regarding this process and this article is that it says to continue adding the same amount of Ammonia to get to the high-end of the scale every day and not to decrease (cut in half) the dosage because no info supporting doing this; however, I've read that in fact too much ammonia CAN poison my nitrifying bacteria and that is why you decrease the daily dose of ammonia. Again, a lot of conflicting info on other sources, as well.

    3) Am I correct that I only need to worry about NitrAtes when I am ready to add fish and that I should do a large water change right before stocking the tank to lower Nitrates?

    4) Ph - This is only mentioned in a couple of the sources I have read onlineā€¦ I should be checking it throughout the cycling process and if it drops below 6, do a partial water change because that, too, can slow the process. ??

    5) Finally, an experienced friend had recommended Dr. Tim's One & Only nitrifying bacteria, so I got some and put it in. Has anyone else tried it?

    Other articles I have been using repeatedly for reference are as follows:
    http://www.drtimsaquatics.com/resources/how-to-start
    http://www.drtimsaquatics.com/resources/fishless-cycling
    http://www.aquariumadvice.com/forum...guide-and-faq-to-fishless-cycling-148283.html
    http://www.fishlore.com/fishforum/a...9627-ammonia-instructions-fishless-cycle.html
     
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2016
  2. gillian

    gillian Well-Known Member

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    Also, with adding Ammonia, any possibility it will take less than a month? I am so eager to get goldfish in!
     
  3. Gold Digger

    Gold Digger Active Member

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    Find that sweet spot of ammonia and keep those levels (2-3ppm) until nitrites fall.
    I consider a complete water change a must before stoking. Also having the fish shortly fasted prior then slowly introducing foods.
    keeping ph above 6.5 is important I use crushed coral. Also too high nitrite may stunt cycle.
    I have never had any bottle bacteria products fail me just make sure you are doing large doses and have proper bio media
    should be able to complete cycle well before 30 days
     
  4. gillian

    gillian Well-Known Member

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    Thanks! I have good bio media for sure - a poret sponge wall and the sponge in my aqua clear. Should I be repeating bottle bacteria dosing? I was under the assumption I just add it day 1.


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  5. Gold Digger

    Gold Digger Active Member

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    1 doses should be enough if your filter is the normal retail filter apposed to my diy ones.
     

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