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  1. Hi All! I'm back with more questions :-) I can't figure out what's going on with the 10 gallon tank that I'm cycling. It's been cycling for about a month and a half (possibly longer, I stupidly forgot to write down the start date). Started the ammonia at 2ppm and the nitrite was up to .25ppm about 3 weeks ago but just for less than a week. Since then the ammonia level has dropped (down to 0ppm at times) and I've been adding ammonia to keep it at .5-1ppm. I've had to add a little bit of water to the tank (due to evaporation) but have always added a bit of ammonia to make sure it stays high enough. What I can't figure out is that I haven't gotten a reading for nitrates! I tested it once about 3 weeks ago and barely got a reading (maybe .25ppm) but nothing since then... Any guesses on where this tank is at? Current readings today (at least 40 days into cycling): Ammonia: 1ppm Nitrite: 0ppm Nitrate:0ppm The little 5 gallon I've been cycling for about a month reads ammonia:1ppm, nitrites .25ppm, nitrate:0ppm. Sounds like this one is at the same stage the 10 gal was about 3 weeks ago... Thanks for the help :-) This is my first time trying to cycle! Quote MultiQuote
  2. Hi All! I'm back with more questions :-) I can't figure out what's going on with the 10 gallon tank that I'm cycling. It's been cycling for about a month and a half (possibly longer, I stupidly forgot to write down the start date). Started the ammonia at 2ppm and the nitrite was up to .25ppm about 3 weeks ago but just for less than a week. Since then the ammonia level has dropped (down to 0ppm at times) and I've been adding ammonia to keep it at .5-1ppm. I've had to add a little bit of water to the tank (due to evaporation) but have always added a bit of ammonia to make sure it stays high enough. What I can't figure out is that I haven't gotten a reading for nitrates! I tested it once about 3 weeks ago and barely got a reading (maybe .25ppm) but nothing since then... Any guesses on where this tank is at? Current readings today (at least 40 days into cycling): Ammonia: 1ppm Nitrite: 0ppm Nitrate:0ppm The little 5 gallon I've been cycling for about a month reads ammonia:1ppm, nitrites .25ppm, nitrate:0ppm. Sounds like this one is at the same stage the 10 gal was about 3 weeks ago... Thanks for the help :-) This is my first time trying to cycle!
  3. Just scrubbed the plants today- hopefully that will do the trick :-) Thanks Dnalex- I just checked the tank today and: Ammonia is 1ppm nitrites at 1ppm nitrates at 0ppm Hopefully this is good and I'm just waiting for the nitrates to show up. I haven't added any ammonia to the tank in over a week. Should I continue adding small dosages of ammonia to feed the bacteria? Thanks!
  4. Great, thanks to both of you :-) Fishless cycle it is!
  5. Hi Everyone! I just set up a 5 gallon tank w/ an Aquaclear 30 on it and I'm planning to keep a few guppies in it (I have another 10 gallon going through a fishless cycle right now- planning for a goldie). So my question is: should I do a fishless cycle with this tank also (and wait the month or so it takes to cycle) or are guppies hardy enough to use them to cycle the tank? Thanks!!
  6. Thanks guys :-) I'm sure since the water isn't being changed that it's likely a cause of the algae growth. The tank is exposed to natural sunlight so that could be it too. When I had a fish and was doing regular water changes it wasn't an issue, so this sounds about right. I'll add some more ammonia too! Thanks!
  7. All bleached and doing a fishless cycle w/ pure ammonia. Seems to be ok? Black dots have started growing on the plants.. :-/
  8. I'll try to find my camera so I can post a pic :-) I did some searching online and it looks pretty similar to black dot algae... anyone know about that? Thanks!!
  9. Hi All! I'm working on a fishless cycle for my 10 gallon (followed the instructions from member Trinket). Since adding the pure ammonia (at about 1ppm currently, added ammonia approx a week ago) black spots have started to grow on the plastic aquarium plants. Looks almost like mold.... Any ideas? Not sure if I have to start all over or not! Thanks!!! :-)
  10. Hi All! I'm looking to find a celestial goldfish in the Southern California area and haven't had any luck! I had one a while ago that I bought from a pet store, but they no longer have any. I feel like every pet or LFS I go into has fish in the store that seem like something is wrong with them (SBD, clamped fins, etc) which definitely makes me not want to buy a fish there! How do all of you find healthy fish? Are there people that breed and sell them? I would much prefer to get a celestial from someone who cares about them than a pet store! Thanks!
  11. Thanks so much for all of the advice!
  12. Hm... guess I'll have to try it and find out Thanks!
  13. Hi Grace, sorry- I should have specified that they're "plants" not the real deal, just the plastic ones. Think those are ok getting bleach for a minute or so?
  14. Thanks guys! Sounds like bleaching is the way to go- I'm certainly not looking for a short cut, I wanna get it right this time around. Grace, how much bleach do you use? Just saturate a sponge or something with bleach and use that to scrub? Should I put some bleach in bucket and put the plants, gravel and airstone in that for a minute or so? Midnight, thanks for the tip. I'll have to try my siphon vac again... it seemed to make more of a mess than clean whenever I used it Any advice on how to pic out healthy goldfish? I'm planning to get either another celestial eye (I find them so darn cute...) or a telescope eye.
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