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Hi all, I had a question about cycling. I read up on how to do it with a pure ammonia source. I set up my tank and am ready to start the process, however I had a few questions. This is how my setup went:

Oct 17 - Set up 10 gallon tank. Tank previously housed a turtle. Scrubbed clean with vinegar and water. Added 2 tank decorations (plastic rock platforms) that were previously with the turtle, that were scrubbed clean with just hot water. Added a small airstone.
Oct 19 - Added a Aqua Tech hang-on-back power filter.
Oct 21 - Added 3 live plants to the tank, which came from a petshop tank with fish.
Oct 23 - Water parameters are ammo/nitrites 0 and nitrates 5.

During this time, I didn't start adding any ammonia or do any water changes. I just tested the water today and those were the levels. I read that a cycled tank should have 0 ammo/nitrites and less than 20 nitrates. Is it a silly question to ask if my tank has cycled itself somehow with bacteria from the turtle tank decorations or the live plants?

Should I start adding ammonia and try the actual cycling process? When is it safe to move my axolotl into the tank? Also the filter I got says "New BIO-Fiber removes ammonia and nitrate 'on contact'"... If my tank isn't actually cycled, then would this "bio fiber" actually be hampering my efforts if I started adding ammonia to do the fishless cycle? What should I do in that case?

Thanks for any advice!!



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Hello
10 gallon is a little too small for a fully grown axie with decor and filter ect, are you planning on upgrading?

Did the turtle filter ect stay in water with the filter still running?

The bacteria from a cyled tank will only live for a few hours if its still kept wet with the filter not running.

You wont have readings of ammonia, if there is no ammonia being put in the tank, i.e fish(axies)/food/pure ammonia.

So to answer your question, if your doing a fishless cycle, start adding the pure ammonia, but you will literally only need 1 drop a day, to your tank (daily) with the filter and everything running.
Then in a few days time, test the water and you should see the cycling starting to work



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I will most likely upgrade in the future, but for now I'm using the 10gal since I already had it and it wasn't being used

Thanks for the info! I can conclude that nothing had bacteria on it (besides the plants maybe) since it was all out of water for quite some time :-P

Ok, will start adding ammonia and waiting.

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