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How Do You Cycle Your Tank?


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Guest ckolstad

Could someone please walk me through exactly what to do? Explain to me as if I have no clue...because I don't. haha.

Please tell me also if I will need to take my fish out to do this.

I have 1 diamond tetra, 2 cherry barbs, 1 red-tailed black shark, and a mystery fish who enjoys playing with my tetra, Dee.

When do you think would be a good time to put 2-3 more tetras, 1-2 more barbs? I believe I have somewhere between a 25-35 gallon tank.

I have some live plants I would like to put in. When should I do that? After cycling?

Any help would be really appreciated. This is a new hobby for me. I never thought I would so serious about fish, but them being living creatures, however "pointless" they seem, I want to do right by them. I have said fish were "pointless" but I really don't believe them to be anymore. They have won me over.

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When I cycle my tank, I have been keeping a few guppies (last time I kept a fancy guppy, but with my 10 gallon I bought 6 common guppies). I only test my water when I cycle once a week, sometimes twice a week if I see the ammonia working it's way up.

Since you have fish in the tank, make sure the Ammonia doesn't go up over 1 ppm. If it gets that high, change some of the water for a few days to help keep it from becoming to lethal for the fishies!

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How long have you had the tank set up with fish in it? You may already be reaching toxic levels of ammonia. You need a test kit! If you can't get one right away, you should start doing regular water changes (10-20%) daily till you can test the ammonia levels.

What kind of filter do you have?

Don't put in any more fish till the tank is cycled. I would put the plants in now, though.

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