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Old 11-01-2012, 12:43 PM   #1 
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Help cycling tank

Alright So I really could use advice. Hal has been helping me a lot and I appreciate it! We decided to start a thread though to see what we can get out of it. This isn't a tank with a betta it has an axolotl but I have consulted the caudata forum and I didn't get much feedback.

so here is the deal:
I started cycling the tank on August 9th It was going pretty well I would do about 25% water changes twice a day. And finally after about a month and a half it cycled. but then I moved. ANd I transfered the filter in the water so I thought the cycle would not get destroyed. But then the tap water here has ammonia in it which I was unaware of and it seems to have destroyed my cycle. For the past month I have been trying to cycle it but see it going nowhere. Ammonia stays consistently and .5ppm and Nitrite just rose this week to about 2.0 ppm and I can't bring it down. I constantly do water changes everyday.

Because the water has ammonia in it I switched my dechlore to prime to help reduce the toxics. I also started using stability. That didn't seem to help. I also have java moss, Java fern, and pothos roots in there.

Any suggestions are helpful Im in desperate need of the tank to cycle before November 20th.
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When you moved how long was the bacteria without a source of food or oxygen?
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Old 11-01-2012, 03:31 PM   #3 
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Well it was a three hour drive, what I did was leave about 20% of the water in the tank and float the cartridge from my tetra whisper in the water and left the sponge filter in there in the water. I just put it like that in the car still left the plants and stuff in there and everything. I just removed the axolotl from the tank during driving and put him in a one gallon. I forgot to mention that I do have a small reading of Nitrates
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