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Old 03-18-2013, 03:23 PM   #1 
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NitrAtes not increasing? :c

Bettaluvers,
I am currently cycling a 10gal tank using the fishless cycle with pure bottled ammonia. Today is day 21(marks 3 weeks) and my
Ammonia pops up, then decreases and then my
Nitrites pop up, but sadly my nitrAtes still havent :( should i just be more patient or should i do a PWC?
I add 1mL-1.5mL to boost my ammo back up to 4ppm. Its aleays perfect, too.
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Old 03-18-2013, 03:26 PM   #2 
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Bettaluvers,
I am currently cycling a 10gal tank using the fishless cycle with pure bottled ammonia. Today is day 21(marks 3 weeks) and my
Ammonia pops up, then decreases and then my
Nitrites pop up, but sadly my nitrAtes still havent :( should i just be more patient or should i do a PWC?
I add 1mL-1.5mL to boost my ammo back up to 4ppm. Its aleays perfect, too.
Thanks and all replies are helpful
patience, you are halfway there and the stats are norm, keep up with the WC, it will be a long week for you, but you are almost there.
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Old 03-18-2013, 03:29 PM   #3 
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How high are your nitrites? Have you checked your Ph? Is the tank heavily planted? Is the ammonia zeroing out in 24 hrs or just going down? And it is not unusual what you're experiencing.
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Poop -.- okay ;)
How much of a WC should i do?
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Old 03-18-2013, 03:34 PM   #5 
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How high are your nitrites? -Off the charts/maximum. Have you checked your Ph? -Yes i will check again and post what it is shortly... But what should it be for my cycling tank? Is the tank heavily planted? -planted? I dont have any live plants if thats what you mean because i have LED lights.. But i DO have silk plants. Is the ammonia zeroing out in 24 hrs or just going down? -24hrs or sometimes a little longer. And it is not unusual what you're experiencing.
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Your nitrates won't start going up until your nitrites go down again, this usually takes a few days.
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Old 03-18-2013, 04:00 PM   #7 
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But its been around a week and a half that my nitrites have been up :c
Come on cycling!!!
Also heres my parameters i just tested RIGHT NOW:
Ammo- .50ppm
pH- 7.3-7.5
Nitrites- 2ppm
NitrAtes- 5ppm
My ammo actually went down faster than usual and today my nitrites are lower so maybe things are getting started :3
Also, can there be a delay of the nitrAtes showing up? Like my nitrites are 0 for a day or two?
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Old 03-18-2013, 04:07 PM   #8 
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I think there would be a delay, but you have 5ppm nitrate! You are almost done! Stay strong!
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Old 03-18-2013, 04:08 PM   #9 
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Yeah, nitrites are frustrating. It's the longest stage of the nitrogen cycle and depending on your tank size, it can increase rapidly which means frequent water changes.

I was changing the water in my 5.5g tank every day for a good week and a half before they zeroed out. The zeroing out happened over night too.

Be patient and make sure to monitor your pH and nitrite levels every day. Don't let your pH go below 6, and don't let your nitrites go any higher than 8, otherwise you'll end up retarding the whole cycle by killing off the good bacteria. Also, make sure you're dechlorinating the water BEFORE you put it in the tank.
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Can't add anything to what's already been said . . . PATIENCE!!
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