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cycling 2 freshwater tanks #1
Hello,
I'm new to the forum and very new to creating a fish friendly home.
I'm cycling 2 separate tanks, 5 gallon capacity, 3.34 gals with displacement considered.
the kids each want beta type fish.
I'm dosing pure Dr Tim's ammonia, and started on Sun Feb 10th.
I created a spreadsheet / graphing way to capture the results.
I tried to upload the .png but the site didn't seem to like it.

I had multiple instance of a stalled cycle in both tanks, but at different times in the process.

I did a water change of roughly 80% in both tanks to get the cycle going again, Tank A as of today is measuring .50/5.0/20 (am,ni,na) and then added ammonia to bring levels back up to roughly 1.5-2.0.

the question is, should I be dosing to bring ammonia up higher than that, or do you feel that is sufficient?

it seems 2 drops of Dr Tim's equates to roughly a .5 increase in ammonia levels.

thank you in advance and for having a great resource here for beginners.

Shawn
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Re: cycling 2 freshwater tanks #2
Around 2 ppm should be fine for a small tank that's only going to be housing a solo betta
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Re: cycling 2 freshwater tanks #3
Thank you very much,

it seems to fluctuate a bit, but the average is between (1.0-2.0)
I've got 5.0 nitrites in both, so my guess is, it's just a matter of time and testing to keep things moving.
once this project is a success we plan to start a 25 gal, ( 95L ) tank.
small steps...

given the point in the process I am at, how long does the remaining part of the cycle take? 2-3 more weeks? estimated of course.
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Re: cycling 2 freshwater tanks #4
Once ammonia is going down to 0 in 24 hours it usually takes another 2-3 weeks for nitrite to do the same.
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Re: cycling 2 freshwater tanks #5
Hey Thank you, I appreciate all the help!

will keep my fingers crossed!