fishless cycle

  1. S

    EMERGENCY Not Sure if Tank is cycled

    Hi All, I have started fishless cycling with Dr tim's in my 50G tank with Live sand and dry rock. It took about 3 weeks when I got 0 Ammonia, 0 nitrite. As suggested in other threads ,added 2ppm ammonia again just to confirm if my tank is actually cycled . And it took 4 days to get 0 again...
  2. T

    Build Thread 120 Gallon Build Years In the Making.

    I am currently setting up my 120 gallon reef tank. A little background info first. 2 years ago I purchased a new 120 gallon aquarium with most of the equipment. I was running a 90 gallon in desperate need of a refresh. It is still limping along with the two external canister filters and...
  3. C

    New Tank Fishless Cycle Issues

    Hi Everyone, Long time lurker on this forum and recently got into the hobby (5 weeks marine, but 2 years freshwater). I set up my Red Sea Nano Max 75L 5 weeks ago with the included protein skimmer, Red Sea live sand, a couple of dry rocks, Marine Pure filter media spheres, and RODI water with...
  4. jmcclu23

    Hello New reef keeper! 3 weeks in

    Hi Everyone! I've been lurking on this forum for the last few months and finally decided to take the leap into the hobby. I've always had a huge interest in reefs/sea life and regularly volunteer at one of the nations largest aquariums (pre-covid, super ready to feel safe going to indoor...
  5. lisa.gregory11

    Fishless Cycle

    Has anyone ever seen a tank drop nitrates without a water change? Last week my readings were: Ammonia:0, nitrite:1.0, nitrate 80ppm. This week my readings are Ammonia:0, nitrites:0.25, nitrates:10ppm. I've done a lot of research but not seen this. Thanks.
  6. G

    Cycling my 20g saltwater tank

    Hello everyone, after moving from a beach town to a valley with no ocean nearby, I decided to get a saltwater tank as I love being by the ocean. I started doing a fishless cycle 3 weeks ago using Dr. Tims ammonia and Microbacter 7. I measured my ammonia, nitrite and nitrate levels every other...
  7. C

    Build Thread First Saltwater Tank 29 gallons

    Hello I started my adventure into saltwater on January 1st this year. I was given a 29 gallon tank for Christmas from a family member who breeds fish. My lovely younger sister who has heard me talk about wanting a saltwater reef for awhile bought me a Tidal 55 HOB filter and a HOB protein...
  8. acsnanoreef

    High ammonia during fishless cycle 20g cube

    Hey everyone! So I’m on day 5 of the Dr. Tim’s fishless cycle. yesterday my tests read: pH (8.15) and nitrite (0.1) seem good but my ammonia is at 0.5 (salifert test kits) Today I tested my ammonia and now it’s showing 1.5! is that okay? I feel like the bacteria should be bringing this down...
  9. oneilwiz

    High Nitrite during Fishless Cycle for Days

    Reef Tank Started with the following currently at Day 24 of the fishless cycle, Should I do a water change if the Nitrite is measuring 5PPM and above for 8+ days while Ammonia drop to 0ppm. Temp: 80 Salinity: 20ppt Ammonia: Dr Tims Bacteria: Dr Tims one and Only Rocks: Carib sea Life rock...
  10. K

    10% ammonium hydroxide???

    I am cycling a 32 gallon bio cube using a 10% ammonium hydroxide solution from Ace Hardware. Things seem to be going well (1ppm ammonia and .50 nitrites so far) but I am suddenly panicked that I used the wrong thing. I can’t find an ingredient list on the bottle. Shaking it does not cause foam...
  11. B

    Tips For Cycling a Tank Quickly without Fish

    I read all the articles on here and elsewhere about fishless cycling and I'd done it with ammonia before on freshwater tanks. I still had a lot of questions and there were things not explained elsewhere that led my cycle to stall and take a lot longer than it could've. I figured I would share...
  12. Darkshadow1500

    Fishless cycling

    So this time around I want to do a fishless cycle with dry rock, I’ve seen a few products to help with this, one kit that caught my attention was the MICROBACTER DRY ROCK BACTERIA STARTER KIT from Brightwell, it comes with: Microbacter QuickCycl which is the ammonia additive to feed the...
  13. ngservet5

    Nitrite Levels High after Dr. Tim's Fishless Cycle

    Hi Everyone, I have been cycling a 20 gallon Waterbox Cube with marco rock and live sand now for 5 weeks. I started this tank doing a fish less cycle with Dr. Tim's One and Only along with his ammonium chloride. After following his instructions and doing the ammonium chloride dosing, by day 4 I...
  14. BeaverLakeAndy

    Fishelss Cycle Questions

    Hi everyone. I'm currently on day 13 of a fishless cycle using Aquavitro Seed and Dr. Tim's ammonium chloride. I dosed to 4 ppm ammonia on day one. It took until day 11 to have ammonia back to zero, and I have not dosed ammonia again due to off the chart nitrite readings. I've well been over 5...
  15. Irishman

    Ammonia cycle

    So I started on Sunday with my ammonia cycle and used pure ammonia bought from ACE. This would be my third tank I’ve done with it, other two were successful with starting cycle this way. Anyways I dosed ammonia according to this link to 2 PPM on Sunday. I didn’t test right away and tested just...
  16. MarineDepot

    Fishless Cycling a New Aquarium

    Fishless Cycling a New Aquarium A Recipe for Success from DrTim's Aquatics!
  17. shawnriv

    New Cycled Tank - Dead Fish Help!

    Hey Everyone, I recently began cycling my new Red Sea Reefer 350 with live sand, dry rock, bio spira, and did a fishless cycle using Dr. Tim's ammonia. After cycling for about a week and half, my ammonia and nitrite went to zero. I dosed the appropriate amount of ammonia nightly and the after...
  18. Danh Ngo

    Fishless cycling 0-0-0

    It is day 7th into the cycle. I’m doing a fishless cycling, seed with a small piece of lived rock from another tank. I just throw in some pellet food daily. This tank is 65G. Today I just test water it show 0 Amonia, 0 nitrite, 0 nitrate. It is new Salifert testkit expired 2020, and redsea NO3...
  19. LivinTheSwreefLife

    Fishless cycling w/Dr Tims.. is this normal?

    Hi, I am doing a fishless cycle for the first time (well, technically was fishless while cycling previous tanks, but always used well established live rock to start so the cycle was pretty much instant). Anyway, I put in my dry rock and live sand, filled the tank with saltwater from rodi mixed...
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