Yes it’s been awhile! We have been testing for nitrites every other day as well as keeping up with the water changes, we are still battling crazy amounts of ammonia and adding Prime water conditioner every day.
Finally last night I read a bunch of posts on various fish forums entitled…. “My tank will not cycle no matter what!” A few suggestions were to just try and ditch as much water as possible as the amount of ammonia may be hindering the cycle and no matter how many smaller water changes are done it just won’t make a difference.
I did some experimenting with the Prime and the test tubes to see how much I actually needed to make a difference and it ended up being quite a bit, now there is ammonia of sorts in our tap water so I am always battling readings even after water changes. To keep this short I dosed the tank when it was half full of water with Prime and brought that amount right down and then dosed the buckets we put in and then re-dosed the whole tank… Sounds like a lot…. it was but this was the route I wanted to take after reading through some suggestions!
Both Nikki and Helen are seemingly doing just fine, but I know it’s not an ideal situation for them to be in. I have honestly been doing water changes every other day of about 20% and adding Prime EVERY night when I get in from work.. but I think with the ammonia in the water supply on top of the ammonia they are producing without the tank being cycled the amount of Prime I’ve been adding hasn’t even touched the surface of the problem.
Now according to my research keeping up with this extra Prime should enable the cycle to well….. start?? lul
I’m aware of this, and I really can’t wait for all this beginning stage and everything it has brought to be behind us.
I am just so excited for the day I get to write my blog and say … looking back I would have done this or more likely …..absolutely wouldn’t have done that hahaha.
The day the aquarium will be back to its beautiful crystal clear self *(the second before we put the ich medication in)
When I can finally say our tank has cycled and I’m not dropping in extra Prime every day just to keep our fish from suffering.. (should have bought shares in Prime haha) Obviously after adding the medication and going through all of that we started again with our cycle.. so yes it seems like cycling is taking FOREVER but in reality it has only been about 2.5 weeks since we put the carbon back in after the bout with ich.
These monkeys are so hard to get pictures of, which is strange since they are so much bigger now, although Nikki has always been hard to get a picture of. As you can see the tank is still super cloudy 😦
In the picture above you can really see how Nikki’s shape has changed (Calico Fantail).
And last but not least a picture of Nikki’s beautiful tail ♥
Cycling is going VERY slowly, water is still cloudy since using the medications for the Ich 😦 We are doing every other day water changes of 25% and using Prime water conditioner (daily).
Nikki and Helen are doing great they are getting HUGE!!! I will endeavor to get a picture of them tomorrow ♥ They are both taking food from my finger tips now, Helen pretty much always did but Nikki did it for the first time yesterday.. sooo cute!!
Goals for the new year.. Get this tank cycled! Keep Nikki and Helen healthy as can be. Purchase a mystery snail or two for their tank.
When our tank is cycled, hopefully a month from now 🤞 We are hoping to introduce an Apple Snail or two. I saw one tank with Apple Snails and another with a black Mystery snail, to me they looked alike except the Mystery snail’s shell was a spiral colouring rather than a solid colour like the Apples.
Definitely need to wait for our aquarium to stabilize and make sure Nikki and Helen are over their bout with ich as the ingredient in the medication can kill snails.
Really looking forward to the aquarium parameters adjusting so that we can bring home 🐌 🐌.