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Old 02-03-2013, 07:48 AM   #21 
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Your on track looks great and no in fact its good that the nitrate is raising. Yes the blue filter pad should be fine to use.
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Old 02-03-2013, 07:54 AM   #22 
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YES!!! thanks so much for answering. I can finally see the light coming at the end of the road. Patience, patience, patience! :)
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Old 02-03-2013, 08:16 AM   #23 
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Your welcome and I know how you feel its so exciting when you know your getting closer to a cycled tank I was the same way !!!
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Old 02-03-2013, 09:43 AM   #24 
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I have been cycling one of my tanks for over a month, now. I have some nitrates and I had .25 nitrites but it dropped back down to 0 and the ammonia hasn't really gone anywhere.

You should have a nitrite spike that will be way higher than .25. If it falls back down to 0, it means you really haven't had a spike, yet.
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Old 02-03-2013, 09:52 AM   #25 
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I was happy to see even a slight change but yes I know it could take several more weeks but I'm willing to wait to be sure I'm doing the right thing, thanks :)
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Old 02-03-2013, 10:02 AM   #26 
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Yes, hopefully yours will go up from there. They're supposed to "skyrocket" overnight, I guess.
Mine went to .25 then dropped to 0 with ammonia still present. I m bummed about that, lol. :/
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Old 02-06-2013, 07:14 AM   #27 
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As I get closer to the end of cycling my 5 gallon tank I want to make sure I’m doing this right. I’ll try not to be long winded but please let me know if the following are the steps I should follow.

Once the ammonia disappears within 24 hours and the testing reads:
Ammonia 0
Nitrites 0
Nitrates <20
My PH has remained steady at 7.6

Do a 50% water change
Rinse filter pad in used water
I’m replacing the carbon with a sponge, rinse in used water
Treat the new water with Prime using enough to condition the whole tank (1/2 mL)
Let it run overnight and test, if everything is good I can then add a Betta

Adding a Betta
Pour out 10% of the water in the cup and add in tank water, wait 5 minutes
Pour out 25% of the water, add in tank water, wait 5 minutes
Pour out 50% of the water, add in tank water, wait 5 minutes
Fish is ready to be placed in the tank. Do I put the fish in with the water in the cup or just net the fish and put it in?

Weekly 25% water changes with gravel vacuuming
Monthly rinsing of the filter media in used water
Please let me know if all the above steps are correct. One other thing, even though I have my filter baffled with a plastic bottle there is still enough current on top to move food around. Is it safe to turn off the filter when I feed the fish? I have bio-gold pellets and freeze dried bloodworms for a snack. Any help is appreciated :)
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Old 02-07-2013, 08:30 PM   #28 
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Could someone please tell me if I'm correct in my previous post. I'm really desperate to do the right thing.
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Old 02-09-2013, 09:35 AM   #29 
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Your plan looks good....
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Your plan looks good....
Great thank you!
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