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Old 04-08-2013, 11:48 PM   #11 
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Best of luck :3 Cycling is stressful! But worth it in the end :D
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Old 04-09-2013, 01:19 AM   #12 
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I just tested and it's resting right between 0 and 0.25... I'm guessing it's about 0.10

I'll be testing again tomorrow and making the appropriate water changes.

I've never fasted him before but should I do that tomorrow to help keep nitrites down?

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Old 04-09-2013, 01:20 AM   #13 
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How do I set a picture for my profile? Almost everyone has a pic of their fish, but I can't find a place to set mine :D
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Old 04-09-2013, 06:23 AM   #14 
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You can then upload a pic of your fish from your computer using Option 2 (note the size limitations), or just use a web URL of a jpg.
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Old 04-09-2013, 02:21 PM   #15 
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Thanks!

I just tested my water again (a little over 12 hours later) and I'm reading 0 on both nitrites and ammonia... He would have produced at least some in twelve hours, right? :O

Unless... Is it possible that the tank is cycled after just over 3 weeks?

I'll test again tonight.
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Old 04-09-2013, 04:22 PM   #16 
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Probably not, you should see a spike in nitrAtes after your nitrItes are down. Once you see your nitrAtes holding steady at around 0-5 you're probably cycled.
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Old 04-09-2013, 08:55 PM   #17 
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Don't stress out to much over cycling with a betta, they are hardly little guys. True fishy soldiers. If a goldfish can make it so can they. Heck if my Betta's made it without me testing the water ( don't judge I really can't afford test strips and so I go the better safe then sorry weekly water changes.)

Don't feed him to much, remove all uneaten food, keep up the water changes.

And look into live plants, they are good for keeping Algae down. Which can become a problem in ten gallon tanks. :)

hope I helped a little bit?
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Old 04-10-2013, 08:01 PM   #18 
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Test your nitrates. I cycled a 5 gallon in just over 3 weeks too. Also if it is cycled be very careful with the tank. It can have a relapse. I just dealt with one that took a week
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Old 04-10-2013, 09:32 PM   #19 
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It's always potentially bad when you're trying to chemically alter the cycle, even with something like Prime. I agree with the other members who have posted about multiple daily water changes. If you are unable to do the changes, then you could try putting your guy into a clean QT just while you're at work or school when the nitrites are getting so high, then he can go back in when you've been able to do the changes to bring them back down to a more reasonable level. If you're worried about needing some ammonia during that time, you can add fish food, or you can purchase pure ammonia at the hardware store. :) This will help you finish your cycle *and* keep your fishie safe. :)

Okay, I didn't read to the end of the thread before I posted this, but it sounds like you're cycled or almost there, so never mind! :) I've heard of cycling taking a week to months...it just seems to depend on the tank and the fish and some other nameless faceless factor that no-one can quite seem to identify. I'm thinking the cycling gods. ;)

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My nitrites came back again, but not as fast and my nitrates are going up.
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