so i haven't cycled a tank in about 7 years.... and here i am cycling my tank from scratch and i am lost !! no idea what i am doing..... LOL
anyways it is day 4 ! day 4 of 'cycling'.
let me tell you what i have done so far....
well fish tank got polluted with several containers of food.
so completely stripped tank and filters. even left filters out over night to dry on sink.
rinsed plants and drift wood good and put them back into the tank.
filled tank with water conditioned water. API brand. SUPER STRENGTH.
didnt do a water test till yesterday.
been adding a large pinch of fish food and sometime days a algae disk to produce ammonia in tank. been doing that in a stocking due to not wanting no ugly flakes getting stuck in plants so this way they break down and disappear to nothing. sometimes i rub the stocking and a cloud of food comes out... hehe
anyways yesterday i did a test.
ammonia nitrates and nitrites all nothing.
ph off the chart.
so first water change. say about 40% got changed
today , readings were still all ZERO
so dumped some more food in a few hours ago.
readings ph 6.0
ammonia 0.25 but a weak colour for that so maybe not even that high.
am i doing this right ???? i'm lost. why is there no other readings unless i over dose with food and then i only get ammonia.
i only started keeping track of readings yesterday.
there is a whole bunch of well established drift wood. many years in a good cycle tank and with heaps of Anubias and Fontinalis. heaps of fontinalis.
oh there was 2 snails in the tank too. havent seen them amongst the plants at all !!!
(sorry if this is on the wrong spot. just checking i am doing this right ?) apparently 7 years is enough to forget cycling from scratch. usually i would just stick a filter or 2 in another tank for a month then put it in the tank i want with half water from the tank they were sitting in and half new fresh water and this would be sufficient to be 'cycled' already. never had a problem or a bad reading doing that. but since i only have small tanks now and i haven't got the big array of tanks available this isn't really possible anymore.