How TO start the fishless nitrogen cycle in a new tank: Step By Step Guide
Establishing a new fish tank can be a challenging task, especially when it comes to creating a suitable environment for fish to live in. One of the critical components of a fish tank is the nitrogen cycle, which ensures the survival of fish by breaking down waste and converting it into less harmful compounds. In this guide, we will provide step-by-step instructions on how to start the nitrogen cycle in a fish tank without ammonia or live fish, i.e. fishless nitrogen cycle in a new tank.
a. Start Fishless:
Begin by setting up the fish tank without any fish. This will allow you to establish the nitrogen cycle before introducing any fish.
b. Keep Filters and Air Pumps On:
Make sure to keep the filters and air pumps running continuously to provide a constant flow of oxygen and remove any debris.
c. Use OZPOLISH Bio-Cure Variant:
Use any variant of OZPOLISH Bio-Cure as per the recommended dose, but on alternate days during the first week. This will help establish the beneficial bacteria necessary for the nitrogen cycle.
d. Add a Pinch of Fish Food Once a Day:
Add a pinch of fish food into the aquarium water once a day. This will provide a source of ammonia for the beneficial bacteria to feed on.
e. Perform Water Changes:
Perform a 50-60% water change after the third day and a 100% water change on the sixth day. Siphon out any leftover fish food during water changes.
f. Add Bottom Substrate:
Before adding fresh water on the sixth day, add the bottom substrate. OZPOLISH Bio-Cure Variants work best with sand or soil substrate, but it is not necessarily required.
g. Dose OZPOLISH Bio-Cure Variants:
After changing the water on the sixth day, dose the OZPOLISH Bio-Cure Variants again. Let the filters run and continuously add a pinch of fish food on alternating days.
h. Perform Final Water Change:
Perform a 100% water change on the tenth day. Siphon out any leftover fish food. Let the filters run and do not add any fish food (without fish) after the tenth day.
i. Add Fish Gradually:
Add 2-3 fish on the twelfth day and gradually increase the fish count over the next two weeks.
j. Use OZPOLISH De Stress or De Chlorine:
Make sure to use OZPOLISH De Stress (preferred) or OZPOLISH De Chlorine every time along with any of the OZPOLISH Bio-Cure Variants. This will ensure that harmful chemicals are not present that could kill the beneficial bacteria in the OZPOLISH Bio-Cure Variants.
Following these steps will help establish the nitrogen cycle in a fish tank without ammonia or live fish. It is recommended to test the water parameters every day during the process. For ammonia and nitrite levels of more than zero ppm and nitrate over 40 ppm, perform a water change.
!! ”OZPOLISH Bio-Cure Variants” are OZPOLISH Bio-Cure Basic, OZPOLISH Bio-Cure Standard, and OZPOLISH Bio-Cure Advance. It doesn’t cover OZPOLISH Bio-Cure Pro, which is for use in outdoor fishponds and should be used along with OZPOLISH Bio-Standard or OZPOLISH Bio-Cure Advance.