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Old 05-27-2013, 08:47 PM   #21 
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Just checked the water and the ammonia is not quite .25, nitrite 0
but, the nitrates have gone up to 20ppm from 15

i added another 8 pellets
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Old 05-28-2013, 11:46 AM   #23 
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Checked water today

0 ammonia
0 nitrite
20 nitrates

am i cycled?? or did i lose cycle because of not enough ammonia??

Can not find pure ammonia anywhere
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Old 05-28-2013, 01:33 PM   #24 
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Keep adding food. Do you have any fish flakes? Those tend to work better. You're probably still in the middle of the cycle. Add a bunch of pellets, wait for them to get sore and start dissolving, check your ammonia, if its between 3-5 ppm then your good, if not add more and wait, once you get up to 3-5 ppm wait 24 hours and test again, if you have 0 ammonia 0 nitrite and a bunch of nitrates then you're done with your cycle. Another alternative that I've heard of for an ammonia source is frozen shrimp, but I've never used it myself and I'm not sure how well it works.
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Keep adding food. Do you have any fish flakes? Those tend to work better. You're probably still in the middle of the cycle. Add a bunch of pellets, wait for them to get sore and start dissolving, check your ammonia, if its between 3-5 ppm then your good, if not add more and wait, once you get up to 3-5 ppm wait 24 hours and test again, if you have 0 ammonia 0 nitrite and a bunch of nitrates then you're done with your cycle. Another alternative that I've heard of for an ammonia source is frozen shrimp, but I've never used it myself and I'm not sure how well it works.
No fish flakes.
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Old 05-28-2013, 03:02 PM   #26 
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I just re-checked.

i have .25 ammonia, 0 nitrite, 15 nitrates

maybe the pellets are working??
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Old 05-29-2013, 10:22 AM   #27 
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Update

I finally found ammonia!!!

i added 10 drops and tested.
my readings are now 1ppm ammonia, 0 nitrites, 15 nitrates

when should i test again?
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Old 05-30-2013, 10:04 AM   #28 
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Checked again today...readings are the same
1ppm ammonia, 0 nitrite, 10/20 nitrates
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