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Old 03-27-2013, 07:08 PM   #11 
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I havnt been checking the amonnia as much as the nitrites becauae i always though the nitrites come from amonna being converted so therer shouldnt be amonnia and my water dosnt have amonnia in it either
So I came home to this

Drained his tank again

Added prime

And got this

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Old 03-27-2013, 07:12 PM   #12 
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I also performed a expairement since I had the kit out.
I added around a ml of API leaf zone to a 16 oz bottle of tap water with no conditioner just tap water

I gently mixed it an let it set for a few minutes to test it and got this from the test
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Old 03-27-2013, 08:54 PM   #13 
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Your tanks seems to be at stage 2 of its cycle. Now it needs a big enough colony of the guys who convert nitrite into nitrate then youre safe. Do you have any filter media from a tank thats already cycled? That can help kickstart the population and speed up the cycle
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Nope. This is our first tank. I just wanted to make sure .25 was safe an doing back to back to back water changes where OK or should I wait after doing a change to test the water
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Maybe someone near you can loan you a bit of cycled filter media or something.
No nitrites are safe, infact they are worse than ammonia, but yeah keep up your water changes to stay on top of them.
Be careful though, if you take out too much water you will end up killing off your bacteria population and starting your cycle again. Its probably better to test your water both before and after to see where your tank is at in its cycle. You could also start testing for nitrates, when you start getting them you can breathe a little easier knowing the final stage of the cycle is taking place
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Old 03-27-2013, 09:52 PM   #16 
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Just checked the levels again and here's what I got

Another water change
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Looking good now Nitrate is pretty harmless unless you get too much pf it
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Old 03-27-2013, 10:09 PM   #18 
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Yeah I know you are to keep it under 40ppm I believe. I just can't believe that under 10 hours I have the spikes I do
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Haha its crazy how busy those bacteria are
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Old 03-27-2013, 10:21 PM   #20 
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I just hope I dont have to do a large WC tomorrow. Its his fast day and I like to feed him after a water change as a "treat" for having to put up with the change
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