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Old 06-17-2013, 10:22 AM   #1 
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How long to cycle

I am currently cycling my 2nd 2.5g minibow fishless with ammonia.

I dosed to 4ppm ammonia and it has been 5 days with no change.

How long should it take before i see any drop in ammonia??

My other tank only took 3 days for the ammonia to drop.
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Old 06-17-2013, 10:27 AM   #2 
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Do a 25% water change and see how that affects your level. 4ppm is really high.
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Ok, i'll try that.
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Old 06-17-2013, 11:42 AM   #4 
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Did a water change and the ammonia is now 2ppm.
Hoping it will drop faster now.
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Old 06-17-2013, 02:40 PM   #5 
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If it doesn't drop in 2 days, do another 25% change. Right now the level of ammonia is so high the nitrites can't catch up.
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You have a cycled tank? Put some seeded filter media and/or substrate into your filter to put some live bacteria into your new tank.

---temperature >82*
---high filter flow
---keep it dark

Ammonia at 4.0ppm is not critically high (imo--I've cycled quickly at >6.0ppm), just don't let it get higher. Cut it in half as soon as you see nitrite.
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No movement today....still at 2ppm
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Old 06-19-2013, 09:31 AM   #8 
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It has been 7 days since the original dosage......nothing....no movement
it is still at 2ppm

Should it take this long??
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If it were me, when you do a water change on your tank that is already cycled, I would put the water you take out and put it in the new tank. That's how I cycle my new tanks!
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If it were me, when you do a water change on your tank that is already cycled, I would put the water you take out and put it in the new tank. That's how I cycle my new tanks!
I'll try that tomorrow. Thanks
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