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    Default Cycle with ADA Amazonia

    Hi all,

    I have setup a new 30c cube. I used ADA Amazonia and filled the tank on 8.11.18. I tested for ammonia, nitrites and nitrates throughout the cycle. I got 8+ ppm ammonia for a few weeks but never any nitrite reading.

    The ammonia dropped to 0 a few days ago and I had 10ppm or so nitrates. I assumed the cycle was finished. I planted the tank and did a 100% water change as it was cloudy. I put some guppies in the tank yesterday and they have not done well, one jumping out. Ammonia is 0, nitrites 0 and nitrates 0.

    The tank water is continuously cloudy and yellow/brown colour. Obviously something is not right. Can anyone point me in the right direction?

    Thanks!

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    Hiya, Sounds like you are doing fine tbh. Any pics of the setup? Usually a cloudy tank indicates a bloom of some sort so my suggestion is to add an air stone while that's going on. Fish jumping can be normal when first introduced, just lower water level below 5cm from the rim to reduce that.

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    Thanks for replying Rebel.

    I have another similar size established tank and the guppies were thriving in there. Acclimatised for 1.5 hours, which I think is pretty excessive, and they still appeared to be suffering. I took the last fish out as I'm sure it was going to die otherwise. PH is sitting at 6.4, if that makes any difference.

    The plant is there to suck up excess nutrients. You can see all the crap that is still being sucked from the water on the wool over the intake.


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    Looks like a harmless bloom. Add an airstone and keep on going. Try guppies in 2 weeks.

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    Is that a Chihiro light? If so reduce to 2 out of 7 for brightness.

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    Will the beneficial bacteria and state of the cycle be adversely affected if there is no livestock in there for a couple of weeks? Eg. mini cycle or something.

    It is a chihiros light and I have actually been running it on the 2nd lowest setting. I cranked it all the way up to photograph the cloudiness. Thanks for the recommendation though.

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    2 weeks. No issues.

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    Do you really need to wait for the cycle to finish before planting? I'll be planting right out the box and then watching parameters

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebel View Post
    2 weeks. No issues.
    Thanks mate.

    sk1001 - You can go ahead and plant. My understanding is that some more sensitive plants may not tolerate high levels of ammonia. I've never experienced that though so maybe someone else will chime in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sk1001 View Post
    Do you really need to wait for the cycle to finish before planting? I'll be planting right out the box and then watching parameters
    As above. Plant now and you will be fine. What plants are you considering?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebel View Post
    As above. Plant now and you will be fine. What plants are you considering?
    Hygro kompakt
    Hygro lancea
    S repens
    S Porto Velho
    Anubias emerald heart
    Echinodorus rose
    Hygro pinnatifida
    Limnophila repens mini
    Ludwigia arcuata x repens
    Persicaria so sao Paolo
    Anubias Nana 3cm
    Java moss
    Hygro corymbosa
    Alternanthera reineckii
    Limnophila mini Vietnam
    Java ferns
    Blyxa
    Crypts assorted

    All will be posted in my build thread!

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    All those are safe to go in now. Some of them can be finicky but you can't change that.

    My concern is how are you going to fit all that in a 30cm cube?

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    I'm not OP! I have 60*45*45!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sk1001 View Post
    I'm not OP! I have 60*45*45!
    Ah my bad. Soldier on!!

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    Planning to cycle with Amazonia as well. What are the advantages/disadvantages to starting to cycle without planting first?

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