Finally heater is installed and I have approval from the lab committee for fish, one more hurdle and we will be all set to put fish in. Heater is turned on, im curious what the temp will be in the morning. System cycling will start tomorrow. I will start by adjusting ph and adding ammonia. It will be interesting to see how fast the ammonia is converted. I have system inoculant But I will wait to add until next week. I don’t think it is necessary to inoculant but I am looking to see how much difference it makes before and after. I’ll keep you posted!
I did a fish-less cycle myself as it saves time. Otherwise you have to be more on your game about the Ph so the fish won’t die. Took me all of 12 days before the trites/trates finished their conversion.
How many fish are you planning for your setup?
I am doing a fish less quick cycle too. Going to start with small gold fish. 20 or so to start, sort of canary in the coal mine, then about 300 total for the winter, then adding more in the spring when I have more plant growth.
Right now I have 6 in the system and 8 in quarantine waiting to go in soon. I plan on at least doubling that, we will see how my nutrient load does though and that will guide how many more get added.
Hi, I had three 1000 litre Ibc containers filled with rain water as my first environment. The first tank had 30 carp ( 1 inch long mirror and common) the second fifty European perch fingerling’s, and the third (back up tank) six gudgeon ( a small barbel). I didnt have a clue what I was doing and I lost all the perch the next day, lack of oxygen during transport, and an algae bloom killed the gudgeon the next weekend. I will never forget the sound of the gudgeon as they swam into the sides of the tanks at full speed trying to find a way out.
I still have all but two of my original carp. I would suggest starting with hardy carp, it dosent hurt so much and they are greedy so produce plenty of ammonia and kick start the cycle.