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Old 03-31-2013, 03:41 PM   #1 
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Tank Cycling

Hey guys,

I was hoping someone could set things straight for me. I've doing the fishless cycle with ammonia. I got it to 5 ppm. I have read two different things. 1) I should keep adding the same amount it took me to get to 5 ppm daily and 2) I should MAINTAIN it at 5ppm. I have been doing it the second way, is this correct? I am on day 3 and the ammonia has not gone down much (it's still around 4-5 ppm) and my nitrites are at 2.0 ppm. I'm supposed to be waiting for a nitrite "spike" but I'm not sure what that would look like
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Old 03-31-2013, 04:32 PM   #2 
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Ammonia should be 4-5, let it drop down to 1 then redose up to 4. It can take 2 wks or more before it actually drops much. Keep doing that until the nitrites 0 out. Keep an eye on the nitrates & Ph, nitrates >40 for a week or more can stall the cycle & a Ph <6.7 can stall a cycle. Test the water at the same time each day but it doesn't have to be daily at this point, every 2-3 days is fine. Also test your tap to see what you're starting with.

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