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Ghost feeding a cycling tank: What is on my food?


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Hello, I am currently cycling a 5g planted tank using the ghost feeding method. What is this on my food?? Ive searched the web and found mixed answers: biofilm, mold, let it be, pull it out...anyone have any experience with this? My ammonia is 0, nitrites are 2.0, nitrates are 40, for reference. Thanks!

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That’s what happens to uneaten food in any tank. It’s breaking down, and that’s what you need to create ammonia. 
 

Assuming you’re fishless cycling, I’d just let it be. Obviously do a big gravel vac once the tank is cycled. You could siphon it out before then if it gets out of control, but that’s just the food breaking down and what you need right now to start growing your beneficial bacteria colony. 

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Honestly, if you have plants, just start dosing ferts. You can stop feeding your tank of fish food. Once your plants are growing (new growth), odds are your tank will be cycled. Start slow with fish and gradually increase the population.

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