Cycling 75 Gallon with seeded media

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Cycling 75 Gallon with seeded media

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Hey everyone

I plan on buying a 75 gallon tomorrow then getting some already seeded filter media from my LFS as well as some live plants to speed up the cycle. How long would it take for the tank to be officially cycled? Would it be instant or still take some time depending on how much media I get?

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Re: Cycling 75 Gallon with seeded media

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I would test it with 4ppm straight ammonia & see if it's gone within 24 hours.
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Pufferpunk wrote: Thu Apr 01, 2021 9:02 pm I would test it with 4ppm straight ammonia & see if it's gone within 24 hours.
Awesome, thank you for the advice :)
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Let me know what happens after that 24.
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Re: Cycling 75 Gallon with seeded media

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So in another thread I read about someone just using SafeStart and being able to add the puffer right away. I only plan on having one GSP in this tank, maybe another down the road.

If I add live plants right away, will the bio load be small enough initially that SafeStart will make it fine to just add the puffer with everything else?
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Safestart is great! I'd forget about plants though in a BW tank. They'll melt.
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Pufferpunk wrote: Fri Apr 02, 2021 7:36 pm Safestart is great! I'd forget about plants though in a BW tank. They'll melt.
Just an update, I added two bottles of Safe Start when I set up the tank, as well as 2 dozen ghost shrimp so that bacteria could feed off their poop (that’s the gist of a fish-in cycle, right?). This morning this ammonia levels tested at around 1 ppm. Is this normal when using safe start? should I buy more when I pick up the puffer today or just hold off until the level reaches zero?
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1ppm ammonia is extremely toxic. All from those shrimp? Are they all still living?
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Pufferpunk wrote: Sat Apr 03, 2021 10:31 am 1ppm ammonia is extremely toxic. All from those shrimp? Are they all still living?
Yes, they’re all still alive. I was surprised as well.
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Based on some research I've been doing I may be getting a false positive due to using Prime to treat the water. Is this a good assumption to make, considering all the shrimp are still alive?
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Prime would not give you a false positive, more like a false negative, as it detoxifies--not remove ammonia.
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Re: Cycling 75 Gallon with seeded media

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I’m using the API Test kit that tests for NH3/NH4 and I’ve read that it will detect ammonia and ammonium, which would explain why the shrimp are all still alive right? Sorry if I’m wrong about that.
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