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Old 11-15-2012, 08:48 AM   #21 
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never heard that before, about it refusing to reduce. Can you share the link?
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Old 11-15-2012, 09:45 PM   #22 
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Some of it is in personal correspondence which I am uncomfortable sharing. PM Karebear13 for her nightmare experience with nitrite. Or look up her posts on the matter.

There have been other members with this problem whose names do not immediately come to mind. (I'm really out-of-it, today.)

This is also a problem among members over at TFK. I get a lot of background by following the "Similar Threads" just below the posts on this and other pages.
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Old 11-19-2012, 03:32 PM   #23 
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Well, good news. I did a water change today since I'm leaving for Thanksgiving Break tomorrow and my ammonia's reading 0 (well not QUITE zero, but it's a lot more yellow than it was at the beginning of this thread), nitrites are 0, and nitrates are back at their usual 5ppm. I'm not sure what happened, but I'm glad it did. Thanks for all your help, everyone!
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Old 11-19-2012, 04:30 PM   #24 
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Maybe gallon by gallon leave it out and have things like Marimo in there and let themn lower the ammonia. You could also use duckweed.
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:16 PM   #25 
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Maybe gallon by gallon leave it out and have things like Marimo in there and let themn lower the ammonia. You could also use duckweed.
I already have a marimo and duckweed in my tank. (:

Oh, but you just reminded me, I got hornwort, duckweed and moneywort at the end of last week. I think they might actually have something to do with the lower level of ammonia/nitrates. I'm also getting some more anacharis within the next week and a half, so between all of these plants (forgot to mention that i have some of wisteria in there!), I'm hoping my ammonia reading reaches a definite zero. I'll keep everyone updated ~

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Old 11-19-2012, 06:22 PM   #26 
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That will really help with it.
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:53 PM   #27 
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Yay - glad to hear it!
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Old 11-20-2012, 02:56 PM   #28 
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Duckweed is very good at removing nutrients so the more light the tank gets the better the plants remove nutrients.
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Old 11-20-2012, 08:30 PM   #29 
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Wisteria, Duckweed, Hornwort and Anacharis... a panoply of ammonia-suckers that aren't root-feeders. I'm sure they helped. Sometimes it's just a mystery why a cycle will stall and at what stage.

Glad you're cycled---so are the fish. ;-}
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Old 11-20-2012, 08:58 PM   #30 
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Omg wow....I thought I knew everything I needed to know but now I feel helpless. What are we supposed to do if our tap water has ammonia in it? I would likely just move and save myself the headache -_-
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