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Fishless cycling

Discussion in 'Tropical Aquarium Advice' started by Amanda5838, Apr 19, 2019.

  1. Amanda5838

    Amanda5838 PetForums Newbie

    Apr 19, 2019
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    Help please
    I have set up my first tank...64 lt Interpet...
    It’s now 2 weeks and all I have added in it is the filterstart on alternate days...I have not added ammonia or fish food...no fish yet...I only got my API master test kit today and the readings are -
    Ph 8, Ammonia 0.5 ppm, Nitrite 0.25 ppm and Nitrate 10 ppm
    Is the ammonia coming from filterstart...do I need to add ammonia to cycle properly or will the ammonia and nitrite go to zero soon... Any advice is much appreciated...
    Many thanks
  2. NaomiM

    NaomiM Love my furry, feathered and finned family

    Sep 22, 2012
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    Hi Amanda,
    Not sure about Filterstart as I've never used it, but it's possible it could be the source of the ammonia reading if it contains any organic material.
    Yes you do need to add a source of ammonia to do a proper cycle. Take a look at this thread which might be helpful: https://www.petforums.co.uk/threads/how-to-do-a-fishless-cycle.512107/
    Good luck! :)
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