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Old 05-28-2013, 05:00 PM   #21 
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Well bad news. After a water change to get the nitrates down I totally jacked up the cycle. I'm now back to about .5ppm ammonia 0 nitrites and 10-15ish nitrates.

I did a 50% PWC to start, noticed the ammonia shot back up but nitrates cut in half. About 3 days later I did another 25% PWC to add more prime to lock out bad ammonia. Two days after the 25% PWC I'm at the readings above.

Ugh this aquarium stuff is getting too frustrating.

And to add on to it, it looks like my little guy is starting to get fin rot :(
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Old 05-28-2013, 05:05 PM   #22 
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Well bad news. After a water change to get the nitrates down I totally jacked up the cycle. I'm now back to about .5ppm ammonia 0 nitrites and 10-15ish nitrates.

I did a 50% PWC to start, noticed the ammonia shot back up but nitrates cut in half. About 3 days later I did another 25% PWC to add more prime to lock out bad ammonia. Two days after the 25% PWC I'm at the readings above.

Ugh this aquarium stuff is getting too frustrating.

And to add on to it, it looks like my little guy is starting to get fin rot :(
The TSS failed because you didn't follow the instructions....
You add it and WAIT 14 days with NO water changes, and No testing.
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I had to do something to get the high level nitrates down though :/
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Old 05-30-2013, 06:45 AM   #24 
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Yeah, cycling is not an exact science.

If you have fish in the tank, just do pwcs to keep ammonia and nitrite <0.25ppm. Prime every couple of days @2drops/gal. Check parameters every other day. Half-tube ammonia checks are fine.
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Yeah, cycling is not an exact science.

If you have fish in the tank, just do pwcs to keep ammonia and nitrite <0.25ppm. Prime every couple of days @2drops/gal. Check parameters every other day. Half-tube ammonia checks are fine.
That's the plan, just sucks that my tap water tests .5-1ppm ammonia so I keep introducing ammonia into the tank every water change. So far I'm down to .25-.50 ppm ammonia. I've been dosing Prime without a water change every couple days. Hoping I hit 0 ammonia soon.
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LoL...Eventually your tankwater will be less toxic than your tapwater.
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Old 05-31-2013, 05:03 PM   #27 
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Ammonia has spiked, no water change. Still no sign of nitrites.

Could something be wrong in my filter, and the TSS BB just cycled the tank once and then died off?

Does my filter need to run on a faster setting or something? Or can something be wrong with the cartridge?

How would I check on any of these things.

By the way tomorrow I decided I'm going to pickup a second tank and filter and try to do a fish less cycle in the new tank and then transfer the new filter over. I feel like its always one step forward three steps back with this tank..
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Old 06-01-2013, 01:12 PM   #28 
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Okay I think I found my problem! Im using a tetra whisper internal micro filter.

I'm guessing this thing isn't going to cut it for a 10 gallon tank. What would you guys recommend for a 10g tank with a betta fish. The plan is to get a single snail to start cleaning some of the brown algae once I can get this thing fully cycled.

So what would be the best filter I could get for this? Noise isn't much of an issue, but not something annoyingly loud.

Thanks!!
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