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Old 04-28-2013, 07:45 AM   #1 
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Angry Cycle... Getting worried -.-

OKAY now I'm getting impatient with my 10gal cycle. Today is day 62........ meaning tomorrow marks day 63=9 WEEKS of cycling! I'm getting quite frustrated my ammo isn't going to 0 in 24hrs it is still going to 1ppm and me having to dose it back up.
my nitrites have been staying at 0 for the past week. my nitrAtes staying at a steady 80ppm. so things look great except for that stupid Ammo! What can i do/is there ANYTHING i can do to speed up my cycle NOW?!?!
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Old 04-28-2013, 07:54 AM   #2 
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Have you done any water changes? Have you checked your Ph? How often are you testing & what kind of test kit are you using? Have you done anything with the filter media?
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[quote=shellieca;1900929]Have you done any water changes? yah, I have done 3 water changes.Have you checked your Ph? Yep, stays at 7.3 (infact i just tested it around 10mins ago) How often are you testing & what kind of test kit are you using? daily and the API master test kit (drops not strips) Have you done anything with the filter media? no i thought i leave the media alone to allow it to build up BBs...?

extra question: do PWCs hurt a cycling tank? and if not how many should i do? i didn't wanna disturb the cycle but on the other hand i hope i didn't stall it by not doing enough PWCs.

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When fish less cycling you do very few water changes. Only do a water change if Ph drops too low or the other parameters are off the charts. If you're using a good water conditioner your cycle wouldn't be effected by a PWC. I'm stumped on why you're still showing ammo. How long have the nitrates been at 80? High nitrates for more than a week could stall the cycle. You may want to do small (<50%) water changes daily to get the nitrates to 20 or less.
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Old 04-28-2013, 08:18 AM   #5 
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i'm stumped and angry too!! my nitrates have been at 80ppm for 20 days now UGH my dad is getting mad too he was like: this stupid cycle isn't going anywhere; just give up. UHM i will never give up on this since i have 5 neon tetras and a male betta waiting for a beautiful tank!
i notice 20 days of high nitrates could be the problem. i never knew i had to do a PWC to keep them down i thought them being high was good sign for the cycle! :c
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Old 04-28-2013, 08:22 AM   #6 
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It is good to some degree but they shouldn't stay that high for 20 days. Have you tested your tap water? I would do the small PWC's to bring them down & see if that helps things move along. At this point it won't hurt.
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Okay i just did a 25% WC.... should i test my nitrates now?

well i did and they're the same -.- i'm seriously mad.

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A series of small water changes will get them to drop but it can take a while since your tank is newly cycling. I have a 46g, when the nitrates spiked it tooke me a couple of weeks to get the nitrates down to normal. Now they stay around 10. You can do 50% water changes so long as you're using a good water conditioner. I know its frustrating, I have a 10g I've been cycling for 2 months now, can't get it to test good yet while the 5g I started around the same time has completely cycled but I'm doing a fish in cycle. I've learned to not over think it & just let it do its thing.
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Old 04-28-2013, 09:08 PM   #9 
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Im getting impatient 😂 this is sooo annoying!!!!!! Its almost getting stressful.
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Okay i just did a 25% WC.... should i test my nitrates now?

well i did and they're the same -.- i'm seriously mad.
Sorry if someone mentioned this but have you checked your tap water (or whatever water you get for your tank) for nitrates yet?
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