Overhead filter advise needed

simtommy

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Thanks all for your advise. I’ve went ahead to fill 5 nos of 12inch x 12inch chambers with mainly lava rocks. 1 chamber for mechanical filtration. Also went with Fluval SP6 12000l/hr powerhead for the pump. We will see how that goes.

I’m currently into 3rd week of cycling and my water param reading reads 0 ammonia, 1ppm nitrite, 10ppm nitrate. I’m suppose to let nature take its course and not do any WC right? Am I on the right track?
 

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Thanks all for your advise. I’ve went ahead to fill 5 nos of 12inch x 12inch chambers with mainly lava rocks. 1 chamber for mechanical filtration. Also went with Fluval SP6 12000l/hr powerhead for the pump. We will see how that goes.

I’m currently into 3rd week of cycling and my water param reading reads 0 ammonia, 1ppm nitrite, 10ppm nitrate. I’m suppose to let nature take its course and not do any WC right? Am I on the right track?
Yes s your almost there once Nitrite is negative.
 
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simtommy

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It has been a week of daily testing and the readings is still the same throughout! I have not done anything to the tank at all. Has my cycling stalled? Should I perform any WC?

Advise pls!
 

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It has been a week of daily testing and the readings is still the same throughout! I have not done anything to the tank at all. Has my cycling stalled? Should I perform any WC?

Advise pls!
You will not be fully cycled until you have 0ppm ammonia and nitrite. When these two readings hit 0ppm you should have a positive test on nitrate. Usually then it's a case of water change and add fish, slowly. Overdo it on the initial stocking and in no time at all you'll be seeing ammonia again.

My current stock are all big now but four years ago when I introduced them to my original 180g when they were tiny I added them over a four week period if I remember rightly. No problems at all.
 

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Is there any reason why is it that my water param has been reading 0 ammonia, 1ppm nitrite, 10ppm nitrate consistently for the past week? Does it indicate a stall in the cycling?
Any recommendations on what to do next?
 
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Is there any reason why is it that my water param has been reading 0 ammonia, 1ppm nitrite, 10ppm nitrate consistently for the past week? Does it indicate a stall in the cycling?
Any recommendations on what to do next?
I would not call this a stall, its just a matter of being a little more patient, you almost there!
I remember asking these same questions, lol.
 

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Patience.. I will continue to do daily testing to monitor the situation.
Water level has dropped an inch, can I top up with water? Will it mess with the cycling process?
 
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