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Old 09-02-2012, 01:57 PM   #11 
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Okay, today the ammonia was between .25 and .50. I'm confused on if it needs to keep falling at this point, or if it needs to be higher.

LebronTheBetta, first you said make sure it doesn't reach 1ppm, and then you said to add food if it falls below 1-2 ppm.
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Old 09-02-2012, 02:00 PM   #12 
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Sorry for the confusion, my day has been a little off. :\ I meant to add food if it's 1ppm or 2ppm and make sure it won't go under 1ppm. My fault, it's confusing again isn't it? *sigh*
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Old 09-02-2012, 02:01 PM   #13 
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Yes... :(

I thought it was supposed to go down?
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Old 09-02-2012, 02:04 PM   #14 
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Yes, it's supposed to go down...
Let's make this easier, ignore all of what I said about the ppm and stuff. Just listen to the others and that. I'm getting stupid at this, and I'm usually helpful. I guess I'm just used to Fish-In Cycles, I did one in my 3.5 and it worked. :\
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Old 09-02-2012, 03:31 PM   #15 
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Well, I read somewhere that it was supposed to get really high (fishless) and then start dropping. So that's why I'm confused on whether it should be going down or going up...
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Old 09-03-2012, 08:59 PM   #16 
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Okay, today it was between .25 and zero. Barely any green in the color at all....
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Old 09-06-2012, 07:55 PM   #17 
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Today the readings were - ammonia (.25) nitrite (just under .25) and nitrate (.50). Do I stop putting fish food in?
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Old 09-06-2012, 08:35 PM   #18 
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I'm assuming you are doing a fishless cycle.

Keep the ammonia between 3-5ppm. Don't let it get too high or you'll kill the bacteria, but don't let it fall too low either. Keep adding food to keep the ammonia stable.

I highly suggest using pure ammonia. Fish food method is gross.
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Old 09-06-2012, 09:06 PM   #19 
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  • Keep adding more media from your 10 gallon filter.
  • Take the dirty water from WC and add it to the 5 gallon.
  • Pump up the temperature of the 5G.
It'll be easier if you wrote down your results onto a piece of paper, take a picture of it and then post it up.

Trying to keep track of the results by looking at your old posts are confusing.

  • I made logs, and wrote down the times I did the tests when I was cycling.
  • I also took pictures of the test tubes as well.
  • Pure ammonia is definitely easier to use because you get IMMEDIATE results & you don't have to wait for the stuff to DECAY first before the ammonia kicks in.
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Old 09-07-2012, 01:44 PM   #20 
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Yes, I'm doing a fishless cycle. As far as I know, the ammonia has not been that high. I was originally using test strips to begin with, but I now have the drop test kit. I do keep a log of the results.

Since I've come this far (3 weeks) with the fish food, can I not just keep doing it that way??
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