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Old 09-07-2013, 08:24 PM   #1 
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How much longer till I'm cycled?

Im at .25-.5 ppm ammonia, .25 nitrie, and so far no nitrates...How muh longer do I have to wait?
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Old 09-08-2013, 05:35 AM   #2 
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As long as it takes, Kate. How long did it take last time? And you know better than to let your ammonia and/or nitrite get >0.25ppm.
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As long as it takes, Kate. How long did it take last time? And you know better than to let your ammonia and/or nitrite get >0.25ppm.
Heh heh heh I guess you found me out that it is a fish-in cycle...I have been using lots of prime though to give me little leeway with params (I know thats bad) /:

Last time I had no idea how to care for a fish and believed whomever told me to change 25% of the water once a month and that letting the filter and heater run for a few days was "cycling". So in other words...I have no idea how long it took last time
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If you were doing fishless, your readings would be way higher, like >2.0ppm or so. How long have you been cycling this tank? Using Prime to keep your ammonia converted (ionized) is never bad.

If this is a 2.5g you should be extra careful. When you're showing nitrite, you should be seeing a reduction in ammonia. When you get that, a few weeks for the nitrite-eating bacteria to convert everything to nitrate.
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If you were doing fishless, your readings would be way higher, like >2.0ppm or so. How long have you been cycling this tank? Using Prime to keep your ammonia converted (ionized) is never bad.

If this is a 2.5g you should be extra careful. When you're showing nitrite, you should be seeing a reduction in ammonia. When you get that, a few weeks for the nitrite-eating bacteria to convert everything to nitrate.
Just out of curiosity, why be extra careful with a 2.5g?

It's a 10g. The nitrites have caused a decrease in ammonia. There have been nitrite for about a week now I think, and I have been cycling the tank for over 2 weeks. I am just so anxious for the cycle to be done so I can add my KING BETTA!
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Just out of curiosity, why be extra careful with a 2.5g?
Be cause in a small aquarium water chemistry changes much more rapidly than a bigger aquarium, That why many people will say you can't cycle an aquarium smaller than X gallons. I(and you) can cycle a glass of water if you control the chemistry and the environment of that glass of water, now how long we can keep that glass of waters cycle stable would be a different story. because thing are going to take place rapidly. And I would lost interest in about a week or less

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This makes me want to do an experiment with some pure ammonia, a mini sponge filter, and a glass of water....
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