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Old 09-27-2014, 09:17 AM   #241 
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Finally hopefully the ammonia is going to stay between 0-0.25ppm
thats what it tested :)
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Old 09-28-2014, 04:30 AM   #242 
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fasting day today and possible 50% WC
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Old 09-29-2014, 08:09 AM   #243 
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Ammonia now seems to be ok :)
Ammonia: 0.25ppm
nitrate:0ppm

just added some more ammo-lock
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Old 09-29-2014, 01:33 PM   #244 
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Old 09-29-2014, 05:45 PM   #245 
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will be picking up sponge filter soon, I suppose I will need nitrite test kit then?
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Yeah, you'll want a nitrite test. Get the liquid test if you can, it's more accurate than strips and in the long run costs you less money, because it can be used so many times.

Were you planning on adding bacteria or letting the cycle happen naturally?
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Question bacteria

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Yeah, you'll want a nitrite test. Get the liquid test if you can, it's more accurate than strips and in the long run costs you less money, because it can be used so many times.

Were you planning on adding bacteria or letting the cycle happen naturally?
well I am still confused over this-
some say to use the cycled tank water in a bucket and wash the old media in it and also leave the sponge in the bucket with dirty tank water for a day,

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to leave the sponge filter in the cycled tank next to the other filter for 2 weeks,

i do not know what is best??
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very please again with water params:
ammonia: 0.25ppm
nitrate:0ppm

have done a water chage yet will do it beginning of the month and use the spreadsheet to plot the results
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well I am still confused over this-
some say to use the cycled tank water in a bucket and wash the old media in it and also leave the sponge in the bucket with dirty tank water for a day,

others say

to leave the sponge filter in the cycled tank next to the other filter for 2 weeks,

i do not know what is best??
If you run the sponge filter in another tank that is already fully cycled for two weeks, the filter should have picked up and grown enough bacteria that when you move it, you'll only see a brief spike in nitrites in your bowl, and everything should be settled down in a week or even less. You may never see nitrites at all.

If you put the sponge in a bucket with dirty tank water for a day, along with old media, you'll have seeded the sponge. Then you can put it in your bowl, and the cycle should begin. But it will still take probably a couple full weeks before it's fully cycled, and you'll need to watch the water parameters in your bowl like a hawk until the bacteria is fully established.

It all depends on what you want to do. Neither way is better, both take about the same amount of time.

If you don't add bacteria at all, the cycle will likely take around 6 weeks, because you are literally waiting for bacteria to fall from the sky into your bowl, stick to the filter, and grow.
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