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240 Litre new tank for Cichlids
#21
(04-10-2019, 11:03 AM)plankton Wrote: That ammonia does look better. Wait until it drops to zero before adding more to 2ppm, as Stephen has already advised.

Are you intending to put corys and platies in with Rift Lake cichlids?
If so, forget it immediately, they won't survive long. For one thing the water will be way too hard for corys, and the platies (and probably corys) will just be live food.

No i was only going to put them in to help with getting the tank ready with the Malawri Cichlids i want to keep. I would take them out when it comes to adding cichlids

How long do i have to keep adding ammonia for then? im so confused with the cycle thing. So i got to get the ammonia down to zero but then put it back up again by adding more?
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The "fishless" cycle is all about getting the tank/filter ready for adding fish.
It was developed with Rift lake cichlids in mind as the tank needs to be well stocked at about the same time.

Basically you add ammonia to the tank to start a beneficial colony of bacteria that can deal with the ammonia.
The ammonia will start to drop and when it gets close to zero you top the ammonia back up to 2ppm.
Eventually you will get nitrite readings and another beneficial colony of bacteria will develop to deal with the nitrite.
Both ammonia and nitrite are toxic to fish.
When the ammonia drops again to close to zero you again top up to 2ppm.
This continues until the ammonia and nitrite both drop to zero within 24 hours, again top the ammonia up to 2ppm.
After 3 consecutive days of zero for both ammonia and nitrite then the cycle is complete.
When this eventually happens you do a large water change and stock the aquarium with fish.

The whole process usually takes several weeks but the wait is worth it.
So be patient and let the process continue.
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[Image: mkI1as3l.jpg]

These are the latest test results
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#24
That looks like it's started well. Smile
Wait now until the ammonia is zero, then top up to 2ppm.

As Stephen has said, the ammonia method was set up for Rift Lake cichlid tanks, so you won't need to put the other fish in there at all. Smile
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Do I just wait until the ammonia level drops down to zero? Or do I have to do another water change?
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willeymunda Wrote:Do I just wait until the ammonia level drops down to zero? Or do I have to do another water change?

Just wait until the ammonia drops. No need for a water change until the cycle is complete.

All the best
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(05-10-2019, 12:03 AM)Stephen Wrote: The "fishless" cycle is all about getting the tank/filter ready for adding fish.
It was developed with Rift lake cichlids in mind as the tank needs to be well stocked at about the same time.

Basically you add ammonia to the tank to start a beneficial colony of bacteria that can deal with the ammonia.
The ammonia will start to drop and when it gets close to zero you top the ammonia back up to 2ppm.
Eventually you will get nitrite readings and another beneficial colony of bacteria will develop to deal with the nitrite.
Both ammonia and nitrite are toxic to fish.
When the ammonia drops again to close to zero you again top up to 2ppm.
This continues until the ammonia and nitrite both drop to zero within 24 hours, again top the ammonia up to 2ppm.
After 3 consecutive days of zero for both ammonia and nitrite then the cycle is complete.
When this eventually happens you do a large water change and stock the aquarium with fish.

The whole process usually takes several weeks but the wait is worth it.
So be patient and let the process continue.
It’s ok for me to add filter boost each day to speed up the good bacteria growth?
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Yes, should be fine as long as the ammonia does not exceed 2ppm (test), you don't want to kill the beneficial bacteria
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