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Old Today, 05:23 PM   #1 
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Still cycling tank. Still confused.

I have a 10 gallon tank that I set up at the beginning of July. It has one betta fish in it.

I was not clear on how high the ammonia was suppose to get, and at one point, it got to about 2.0 and my fish started acting weird. I saved the fish, did a big water change, and asked questions here and got corrected.

Now, i have started testing the water every day. I change the water when it gets to 0.25. Now I'm noticing that the ammonia is 0.25, maybe a little under, and the nitrites are 0.25. My nitrates are always 0.

Usually at this point ,I would do a water change. But when I do, it brings the ammonia and nitrite down to 0. HOw am I ever going to develope the bacteria that turns nitrites into nitrates if I always change the water when it gets 0.25?

Am I suppose to let it get a bit higher before changing it?
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I have a similar problem in which my tank refuses to cycle. My ammonia has never gone above 0.25 due to constant water changes. I was told to let ammonia rise to 0.5 before doing my next water change. I'm trying that out now and hopefully it'll work.
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