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Old 05-16-2010, 11:20 AM   #11 
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You have about 3-6 more week to finish the fishless cycle, keep the ammonia level in the 2-3ppm range daily.
Your lights look to be fine for plant growth 2wpg is great for low to mod plants, how old are the bulbs, if older than 6 month you may want to change them
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The bulbs are brand new! I got them last week with everything else, including the plants and gravel. Thanks for your advice Oldfishlady.
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Old 05-22-2010, 05:57 PM   #13 
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Hello again.

I did a water test today and got these surprising results:

pH: >7.6
ammonia (NH3): ~0 ppm
nitrite (NO2-): >5.0 ppm
nitrate (NO3-): 6 ppm

Compared to last week's results, which were,
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pH: >7.6
ammonia (NH3): ~0.35 ppm
nitrite (NO2-): ~0.20 ppm
nitrate (NO3-): ~3 ppm
it seems that the tank is undergoing a nitrite spike. Can I say that the cycling is well on its way now? I am really glad that something is going on in my tank. Good news is that my anubias has grown a bit more root. Sad to report that the java ferns are not doing so hot right now. Also, I replaced a malfunctioning 50W heater with another one. I hope it speeds the cycling process.
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