Tank is taking forever to cycle!! (FW)

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  1. kcbrad

    kcbrad Giant Squid

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    My mom set up a 38 gallon freshwater tank. I am helping her cycle it and get it ready for fish. The cycle is just taking forever!! She is getting impatient - I don't blame her! She keeps saying "I thought you knew what you were doing!" LOL

    So it's been cycling for THREE months! I put some pellets in at the beginning and let them rot. The ammonia took like two months to rise and drop. The ammonia is now 0. But the nitrite is stuck at 5ppm. It's been there for a month.

    What is the deal?! Is there any way I can speed this up?! Argh!

    Thanks! :)
     
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  3. steve wright

    steve wright Super Moderator Staff Member

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    You can add a bottled bacteria, such as Hagens Cycle and that will speed up the process IME

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  4. kcbrad

    kcbrad Giant Squid

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    THANK YOU! Doing it today! I'll try anything! :)
     
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    2in10 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I would get another nitrite test kit also.
     
  6. gt40425hp

    gt40425hp Feather Duster

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    FW cycles weard . ive found if nothing happins in 2-3weeks its never going to happin add fish mabee ive been lucky but i have never lost a freshwater fish other than old age i would thing i was into cichlids for years other than agression takeing them out ive had them live for 10 years plus .. (ive always wated a discus tank but never could find them localy)
     
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  7. blackraven1425

    blackraven1425 Giant Squid

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    I would toss in a molly and some bottled bacteria, tbh. That may be the thing you need to get it fully cycled.
     
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  9. kcbrad

    kcbrad Giant Squid

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    I'm going to put some bacteria in tonight. Won't the 5ppm nitrite kill any fish I put in there?
     
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    blackraven1425 Giant Squid

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    5ppm nitrite isn't too bad to begin with, but especially not for a molly. They're probably the single hardiest fish species out there.
     
  11. kcbrad

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    Okay...it's the last color on the chart! LOL maybe we will try a super hardy fish. But I'm going to try the bacteria first.
     
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    I agree with the bacteria. I added a whole bottle of it to mine when I set it up and the whole thing cycled in a very short time. I was testing like crazy since I could not believe it would speed up things so much.

    Why didn't you do the shrimp method, KC? Does it only work for salt water? That seems to be an easy way to start a cycle too.