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Cycling my 54L planted aquarium, need a little guidance
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200L The Barbarium….Tiger barbs and a very grumpy BN plec
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Welcome to the forum. There are loads of us on here who will be able to help with any questions you may have so if in doubt feel free to ask ... As CG says, photos also go down really well!!

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Bronze & Albino Cory, Black Widows, Cherry Barbs, Green Tiger Barb (rescues), Amanos.
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Hello, quick update. On the first day of using ammonia, it took 2 days for the ammonia to go from 2ppm down to 0.2 ppm, my nitrites were up and the next day nitrites were at 0ppm with nitrates up. It was going well.

I was in need of a better filter, the filter that came with the tank wasn't adequate, I bought a pond solutions ef150, which i believe is just a re brand of the SUN SUN HW 603b. I used the old media still, as much as i could. I was going to wait a few months to upgrade the filter, but i assumed it would be best to have the new filter installed during the cycling stage, to avoid messing with the parameters later on when it's fully cycled.

I had a large piece of foam from the filter from the old tank, I cut it into a square and cut a hole through the middle, creating a sponge filter for my new cannister filter, and to try and retain the bacteria on the sponge.

I re dosed with ammonia the following morning to 2ppm. For 2 days the ammonia didn't change, and i had no nitrites. I wasn't sure if the new filter had something to do with it. I tested my PH and it was at 6 which is too low for the bacteria to thrive? I did a water change and got it up to 7.8.

So yesterday I redosed to 2ppm, after the water change. I've just re tested the ammonia. it's been 24 hours. Ammonia is down to 0.2ppm, nitrites at 1.0ppm and nitrates at 40ppm. PH has dropped down to 6.5 after the 24 hours also.

Should I do another water change then re dose?

I've also started to get a slight film of green algae on the front glass, I haven't seen any diatoms prior to the green algae, so could the algae just be due to too much light? My amazon swords have spots/algae on them, i can't really tell if that's diatoms or algae, its darker than a green algae.

Also, could my new filter be removing a lot of the nitrites?
I had a thought last night that if my filter is removing nitrites.. then surely the bacteria that kills nitrite cannot grow? or does it not matter if the filter is doing it anyway?

Sorry this is all a little muddled up
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Sounds like all is pretty ok for now. Changing filters can sometimes cause a bit of a hiccup in cycling as bacteria doesn’t seem to like being moved much. Don’t worry it will catch up.

Yes the filter will be removing the nitrites in so much as the bacteria you have been growing is mostly in the filter so no worries there.

It is normal to have algae buildup during a cycle as there are plenty of nitrates to feed it. Don’t worry this is also normal. It can be removed during regular maintenance.

The ph dropping is also common. The bacteria that eat ammonia and nitrite use up KH in the water (carbonate hardness) as part of the process. This is most notable when you are nearing the end of the cycle. When all the KH is used up the ph will drop as you have seen. The water change replaced some of the KH lost therefore ph was also raised. To keep levels up during the cycle you can either do more water changes (pain in the back) or add some bicarbonate of soda. I can’t remember the amounts off hand but someone else can help with that. I had to do it recently and it worked a treat. It’s highly unlikely you’ll have to do it once fully cycled and stocked.

Hope that helps a bit.
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Yes, the munchers are all in the filter, so the filter does remove nitrites because the munchers are using them to grow. Wink
To stabilise the ph while you're cycling I would use potassium carbonate rather than sodium, as the plants will be able to use the potassium residue, not the sodium.
Oh, and only have the lights on for a maximum of 6 hours during the cycle.
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Hello again, so PH is back to 7.5, I used bicarbonate soda (didn't see the response from plankton). I re dosed with ammonia to 2ppm, at around 4pm yesterday, tested again this morning.

Ammonia was at 0
nitrites also at 0
Nitrates at 60

So I had 1 day a few days ago, where i had a full cycle (then i had the PH drop) so no cycle.
I've now had 2 days of ammonia and nitrite being cycled, in less than 24 hours. Making 3 days of full cycle, not in a row though, does that still count?

I'll re dose with ammonia again today, just to make sure.
If tonight/ tomorrow I have another full cycle of ammonia and nitrite.. would you consider that to be a cycled tank? Or should I keep going with the ammonia for a few more days to be certain.

When the tank is cycled, I have 2 amano shrimp and 4 endler guppies to go into the tank, I was going to slowly add them over a week, is that ok? or should I split it over a few weeks, to monitor the ammonia.

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