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Old 10-14-2012, 10:16 PM   #31 
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That's typical of a stalled cycle. Change your water down to <1.0ppm nitrite and see what happens to your nitrate.

Tell us how it goes. It would be helpful if you'd post your readings.
Here we go! Tested the water a got a really high reading 5.0ppm+. Did a 25% water change which knocked it down to 1-2ppm. Still looked dark purple so I did another change....about 50% and now we are at 0.25ppm on the dot.
Will post ammonia and nitrate in a moment...used up all my test tubes
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Old 10-14-2012, 10:44 PM   #32 
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Lol! I sold my test kit recently XD I never used it since it was so much trouble to clean (yes i'm that lazy somtimes) and I was using the chart to swat mosquitoes!
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Old 10-14-2012, 10:52 PM   #33 
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It is a pain sometimes. The nitrite solution tends to stain.
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Old 10-14-2012, 11:15 PM   #34 
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Ammonia is at 0.25ppm
Nitrites are at 0.25ppm
Nitrates are at 0ppm
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Old 10-14-2012, 11:25 PM   #35 
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I've never cycled a tank :D but it seems like your cycle is well on its way. wait for Professor Hallyx to come along to give you the details....
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Old 10-15-2012, 02:35 AM   #36 
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Ammonia is at 0.25ppm
Nitrites are at 0.25ppm
Nitrates are at 0ppm
You're at a nice neutral point. Now it's time for patient observation. You want to see your ammonia go down followed by nitrite and a rise in nitrate. You know this. I'm just putting it down for the lurkers.

Test once a day and write it down. Come back here when something changes and let us know.

Isn't it nice to know you'll never have to do this again?
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Old 10-16-2012, 10:46 PM   #37 
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Update for today

Ammonia is at 0.25ppm
Nitrite is at 0.5-1ppm (hard to tell, but definitely purple instead of the blue I got at 0.25)
Nitrate is at 0ppm

FWIW, I tested Nitrites the morning after the water change and got the same results as above so it seems to be holding steady.

Will post an update in a few days
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:) make sure you shake those nitrate bottle till your arm falls off :D
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Old 10-17-2012, 04:48 AM   #39 
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Aokashi is right. But then again an accurate reading for nitrate is not critical.

To make life easier on yourself: carefully pull out the dropper part of the #2 nitrate bottle and drop in a pea-sized bead or pebble. Coverts you bottle to a "rattle-can," making it easier to mix it thoroughly.
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Where am I in my cycle?

I am currently cycling a 55 g with pure ammonia, I'm on week three (haven't seen a Nitrite spike yet), but I have seen increased levels of Nitrates. It's only been 3 weeks, so I don't expect it to be fully cycled (or has it even really started?).

I used StressZyme to hopefully get a little start, everything else has been deep cleaned or is new (had a bad bacterial infection).

I use the API master test kit and got the following levels:

pH: 8.2
Ammonia: 2 ppm
Nitrite: 0 ppm
Nitrate: 5 ppm

Thanks
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