Cycling your Fish Tank

Fishless cycling 

  • Add ammonia, two drops per gallon. Add bacteria
  • Measure ammonia and nitrite levels every 2 to 3 days. 
  • Once nitrite levels start to show, the cycle process has begun.
  • Continue to measure ammonia and nitrite levels every 2 to 3 days. 
  • Once the ammonia has dropped below 1ppm and you have started to see nitrites you should re-dose ammonia to keep it at or around 1ppm (add about 1 drop per gallon to increase)
  • As before, continue to test the ammonia and nitrite every 2 to 3 days.
  • When the nitrite levels begin to drop, expect a rapid decrease. This is the start of the final phase. 
  • As the nitrite levels decrease, the nitrate reading will increase. 
  • When the ammonia and nitrite levels reach 0 ppm, the cycle is almost done.
Last step
  • Add a full dose of ammonia to the water to bring it to 2ppm. Allow it to sit overnight. When tested the next day, only nitrate should appear. Ammonia and Nitrite levels should read 0ppm. If the ammonia or nitrite level is over 0 ppm, give it a couple more days and try again.