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Hi all,

I'm in the process of cycling my tank again. It all went pear shaped a few weeks back after adding some river shrimp (and foolishly their bag water). All the shrimp died suddenly and the poor axies got some ammonia burns.

Here is a pic of my reading today, hope its clear to you (the ammonia bottle is slightly more yellow then the picture shows.

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As you can see its not looking great yet and I'd really appreciate some advice.

Fear not, the axies are not in there :)



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Hello Dawn,

Ammonia & Nitrite look to be '0' and Nitrate looks as if it's '40' - Have these readings for Ammonia and Nitrite been at a constant '0' for the last three weeks? If so, your tank is cycled.

If you are still getting an Ammonia reading then the tank has not yet completed the cycle - but it is well on it's way!



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Thats great! Unfortunately this is my first reading since the incident so I cant be sure. Do you recommend testing it once a week for a few weeks then?
Also should I be doing partial water changes even though there are not axies in there?

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Thats great! Unfortunately this is my first reading since the incident so I cant be sure. Do you recommend testing it once a week for a few weeks then?
Also should I be doing partial water changes even though there are not axies in there?

Thanks so much :)
I would test Ammonia and Nitrite each day to monitor the readings (Nitrate just once a week is fine). If after a week to a fortnight the Ammonia and Nitrite have not budged from '0' - the cycle is fine.

When the axies do a poop, I would throw the poop into the tank to feed the bacterias.

Partial water change once a week should be fine to keep the Nitrate from climbing too high. Nitrate is safe from 10-60.



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Just wondering, whats that pH reading?



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Looks like its higher than the card which goes up to 7.6. I'll try reading it with the higher range test.

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Thats great! Unfortunately this is my first reading since the incident so I cant be sure. Do you recommend testing it once a week for a few weeks then?
Also should I be doing partial water changes even though there are not axies in there?

Thanks so much :)
Hi Dawn,

In any case, if you are cycling without animals in the tank, you don't need to change the water. A weekly water reading should be fine, too, unless you want to know sooner what's going on. If you have animals in the aquarium, daily water changes and I would recommend testing the water every 12 hours.

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you are all superstars thank you :)



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