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Old 10-15-2012, 12:02 AM   #11 
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Just clean one time per week.
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Old 10-22-2012, 09:57 PM   #12 
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Ok, quick update... I did a 50% change last Thursday. I tested ammonia tonight and it looks VERY near 0. Nitrite is blue, but it's not a bright blue. I'm using the API test kit.

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Old 10-25-2012, 11:45 AM   #13 
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It's been at least a week with zero water changes, and ammonia is now just below .25. Nitrite is 0.
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Old 10-25-2012, 07:51 PM   #14 
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Anyone? Should I just keep up with the water changes? Is it getting close, or does it still have a while?
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Old 10-26-2012, 03:44 AM   #15 
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Ammonia/nitrite should read 0/0. Is your nitrate slowly increasing? That indicates that the nitrogen cycle is ongoing. (Sometimes you can miss the nitrite part of the cycle.)

How is your tank stocked, LL?
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Old 10-26-2012, 02:00 PM   #16 
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It currently has one male in it.
I just tested. Ammonia was 0. Nitrate was somewhere between 5, 10, and 20 lol. I'm leaning towards 10 or 20 though. Again, I haven't changed the water for a week.

I was once told that if you didn't clean the test tubes out well enough, you could get a high ammonia reading. Well, mine have accidentally set up with the tested water in them for a while "oops!" and 2 of them are stained yellow.
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Old 10-27-2012, 01:38 AM   #17 
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Probably the nitrate test-tubes. Right? They stain sometimes. A thorough rinsing is all it should take. You don't have to scour them clean.

As long as your ammonia and nitrite are 0.0ppm (or close) AND your nitrate increases between changes, you're cycled. The absolute nitrate reading isn't critical as long as it isn't much above 10ppm.

Sounds like you've got another successful cycle, LL.
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Old 10-27-2012, 12:21 PM   #18 
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The nitrate and ammonia seems to have stained.

Tested today and ammonia is still 0. Nitrate seems to have gone down to 5. I need to test that again. I don't have a recent water change to compare it to though. I've been holding off to see if it would finish the cycle. Should I do a water change?
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Old 10-28-2012, 06:08 AM   #19 
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You're nitrates are so low, it's hardly necessary. You could do a 50% just for drill.
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Old 10-28-2012, 01:50 PM   #20 
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Yeah, that's what I was thinking. Ammonia and nitrite are still at 0 but the nitrates have definitely dropped. It is now a solid 5.
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