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Old 09-04-2012, 05:07 PM   #1 
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Question Cycling Problem, No Nitrites

Hi everyone, I've been doing a fishless cycle on a ten gallon using ammonia for about 5 days now. I found out how much ammonia to put in for about 5ppm ammonia and I've been adding that ammount in each day and testing for nitrites each day. I read that the nitrite should spike in about 4 days, but I'm not getting a nitrite reading at all. Am I doing something wrong?
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Old 09-04-2012, 05:10 PM   #2 
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Give it 2-4 more days, the cycle might take 4-8 weeks to cycle. -_- IMO, I don't think nitrite can build up that quick from a few days of ammonia.
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Old 09-04-2012, 05:15 PM   #3 
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4 days? :o
I'm pretty sure it took me way longer to find nitrites.

Since I had to rehome Teeney I threw away my cycle log but I think it was around 2 weeks ish.
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Old 09-04-2012, 05:15 PM   #4 
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Yeah its to soon to be seeing nitrite, keep checking it should happen in a few more days or even a week or more. Doesnt sounds like your doing anything wrong its just to soon.
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Old 09-04-2012, 05:16 PM   #5 
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You might have a bit too much ammonia. Try bringing it down to 4 ppm. Just as ammonia is toxic to our fish, it is also toxic to bacteria. In high concentrations it will kill off your bacteria.
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Old 09-05-2012, 05:57 AM   #6 
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I'm pretty sure when you're cycling the with ammonia, it will normally take about 2 weeks to reach each step.

Testing EVERY day is not necessary unless you're trying to speed cycle a tank.

I'm going to try to repeat the process with a 20G.

Have to remind myself how I cycled the 10G the first time and see if I can duplicate the results.

I think I'm going to disassemble the 6G Bow Style Eclipse. It's a horrible tank. I can't take pictures of anything in there without picking up scratches in the acrylic or glare.

10G would probably be a better option.

  • Pixie, what else have you done to the filter cycling other than just adding ammonia?
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Adding ammonia is all I've done. Is there something else I'm supposed to do?

So should I stop adding ammonia every day and just wait for the nitrites so that I don't kill any existing BB with too much ammonia?
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Old 09-05-2012, 06:01 PM   #8 
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I didn't use ammonia till day 3 or 4.

I also heated my tanks up to high 90's. That helps the bacteria multiply.

When the water evaporated, I added the dirty water from the betta tanks.

Just do a little test on the ammonia/nitrites every 2 days. My ammonia was in the high 7.0ppm maybe even higher. Within a couple days that number went to 0.

I wasn't paying much attention back then, so not sure what happened. The tank has been 0 since then.
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Old 09-05-2012, 07:13 PM   #9 
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Okay, thanks. I'll start doing that.
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