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Cycling my 29 gallon
February 15, 2016
4:16 am
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BriLandy
Puyallup, WA, USA
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Hi all,

 

I've been fishless cycling my 29 gallon freshwater tank. I've added ammonia and bacteria (a few times) but I'm seeing no results. FrownAmmonia is 2.0, nitrites and nitrates are both 0. It's planted, I've got plenty of oxygen circulation, everything is functioning properly. 

 

Any ideas for speeding up the process, or as to why the bacteria are not colonizing?

 

Thanks. Smile

29 Gallon planted freshwater tank (Stay tuned!) 10 Gallon planted freshwater tank (2x Keyhole Cichlids, 2x Sunburst Platies, 1x Powder Blue Dwarf Gourami, 1x Mystery Snail)
February 15, 2016
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If your water is very soft, you might want to add some carbonate buffering.

7 carbonate molecules are used for each ammonia molecule processed by your filter.

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February 15, 2016
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I didn't think about checking the hardness. I have some loose carbon in a nylon bag in the filter, is that helpful?

29 Gallon planted freshwater tank (Stay tuned!) 10 Gallon planted freshwater tank (2x Keyhole Cichlids, 2x Sunburst Platies, 1x Powder Blue Dwarf Gourami, 1x Mystery Snail)
February 15, 2016
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Your plants may be absorbing all of the ammonia.

Did you fill the tank with water from your tap? If so, I really doubt you're low on carbonates, unless you have very soft/acidic tap water (it's generally kind of rare in the US).

February 15, 2016
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Entomancer said
Your plants may be absorbing all of the ammonia.
Did you fill the tank with water from your tap? If so, I really doubt you're low on carbonates, unless you have very soft/acidic tap water (it's generally kind of rare in the US).

My tap measures kh 1-2. Common in this area. If I don't add buffer tanks crash hard.

February 15, 2016
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I concur with Entomancer that the plants are taking up most of the ammonia.  This is their preferred source of nitrogen, and they can take up quite a lot of it.  Some will still get left for the nitrifying bacteria, but it will be less obvious.

I never "cycle" tanks as I always have plants, especially floating which are fast growing and thus use even more nutrients including ammonia/ammonium.  Personally, I would stop adding ammonia, do a few water changes, and add some fish.  We can advise which if you indicate the intended species; it is not a problem of "cycling" issues with the fish, but one of tank maturity; some fish are better in newer tanks than others.

Puyallup is on the coast side of the Rockies, so I would assume your water is much the same as Plaamoo, and mine (I am up in the Vancouver, BC area which also has very soft water).  My GH and KH are next to zero.  I do not mess with buffers, as I have all soft water fish.  It makes life much simpler.Wink

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