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Old 04-18-2013, 01:31 AM   #1 
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is this supposed to happen during a cycle?

So I just checked the parameters for one of my cycling tanks and got this:

Is this supposed to happen?
Should I do a water change? (it's a fishless cycle)
It's a 5.5 gallon tank, with a TOM internal filter.

My other tank, on the other hand, still has ammonia readings at 2.0+ppm
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Old 04-18-2013, 01:32 AM   #2 
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How long have you been cycling?
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Old 04-18-2013, 01:35 AM   #3 
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2 weeks? I actually started cycling this tank a few days AFTER the one that still has ammonia readings at 2.00ppm, so I find it kinda odd.
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o_o Whoa. I never did fishless but I never had a jump like that in two weeks even when I had 3 goldfish in a 55 gallon still cycling.

Couldn't hurt to do a water change and see if it comes down after or goes back up.
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Ok, what amount would you suggest?
I also checked the other params for the other tank and got this:
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I'd start off with a 50% and go from there. I'm not super experienced in cycling though, I'll admit. I've successfully cycled my tanks without losing any fish. Though I can't say my ammonia ever went that high so I'm not sure what to make of that.
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Old 04-18-2013, 01:54 AM   #7 
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Woah, I would change as much water as you can, and I would check into getting some stresszyme or one of the other products to help cycling, the good news is you are getting reading across the board, the bad news is woah they are high
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Old 04-18-2013, 02:18 AM   #8 
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Thanks, I've just done a 50% for both tanks. It's pretty late over here, so I'll check my parameters again tomorrow and change more water.
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Old 04-18-2013, 03:16 AM   #9 
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While doing a fishless cycle you really don't need to do any pwc unless your nitrates/nitrites get so high that they are unreadable.
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Old 04-18-2013, 07:34 AM   #10 
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Tetra Safe Start is a must, helped with my cycling and saved me of the massive headache forming in my head, I was 2 weeks+ and it brought my levels down within a week, so definetely use it it would bring the bacteria and start feeding right away and colonizing your tank...
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