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Tank Cycling Questions

Discussion in 'Filtration and Water Chemistry' started by djaeger, Feb 10, 2018.

  1. djaeger

    djaeger Hatchling Turtle

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    Hi everyone,
    I just wanted to know how far along my new tank is in the cycling process and when it would be suitable to add a turtle? The parameters as shown below are:

    Ammonia: 0 - 0.25
    Nitrite: 0.5 - 1.0
    Nitrate: 40

    Thanks.
     
  2. Aussiepride83

    Aussiepride83 Senior Turtle

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    Hi mate, has the ammonia already spiked up to 5.0ppm + and on its way back down or have you only just got an ammonia reading? I'm assuming it's already spiked if you have some nitrite showing... you're still at least 2-4 weeks away from completion.
     
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  3. djaeger

    djaeger Hatchling Turtle

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    That was my first water test. The tank has been cycling for around 2 weeks.
     
  4. Craig

    Craig Founding Member/Administrator/Public Officer
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    It will take between 4 and 6 more weeks before your tank is cycled providing you don't do any water changes and you are using feeder fish to provide the waste for the bacteria to break down.
     
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