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Old 03-15-2012, 09:37 PM   #1 
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Baffled on planted tank cylce...

For the last three days I've had 5-10ppm nitrAtes in my tank and stable 1.0ppm nitrate as I kept feeding 2-3ppm ammonia daily. The ammonia has been clearing out more and more each day and I've had to give stronger doses. Well tonight when I tested I had 0 everything. No traces of anything nada nothing zip I even tested 3 times. I tested my other tank and the tests came without some ammonia, trites, trates as I just had dosed some ammonia this morning. (I did not check the 0 tank this morning.) I'm really like confused I though nitrates stayed in the tank and the plants would only use some of them.
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Old 03-16-2012, 12:36 AM   #2 
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Are you having any algae blooms? Normally the Nitrates are used up in plant/algae which doesn't actually mean they leave the tank. That is why we need water changes ultimately to remove it from the system. Because your test don't read anything doesn't mean they aren't there.

I am not at all familiar with dosing ammonia, but that is my 2 cents on nitrates.
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Old 03-16-2012, 12:51 AM   #3 
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The original post is supposed to say 1.0ppm Nitrite oops... no I'm not having any algae blooms. Though I did retest and I do have trace amounts of nitrates again. I'm scratching my head lol.
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Old 03-16-2012, 09:51 AM   #4 
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How many plants do you have? If you have a lot you may have reached the point where your tank will never cycle because the plants take care of everything perfectly, (natural planted tank). This is when your plants eat the ammonia, and hardly any bacteria ever grow, so you will have minimal production of nitrites/nitrates.
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Old 03-16-2012, 09:54 AM   #5 
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If nitrates were being produced then you probably still have them in your tank, many times plants will consume a significant amount of them leading to an almost unreadable amount left. Since it seems a fi you are getting nitrates already, how fast is your ammonia being consumed, 12-24 hours?
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Old 03-16-2012, 06:21 PM   #6 
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I have Nitrates again and no ammonia or trites now. I haven't seen ammonia or trites 12 hours after a dosing in a few days. It's just that the trates keep fluctuating.
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I think this would mean the cycle is complete?
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