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Old 06-22-2013, 07:00 PM   #1 
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Question about Cycling

I was unable to find Nitrite and Nitrate tests at the pet store and only ever had a Ammonia test. I have been doing a 35-50% water change whenever its at .25.
my question is how will i know when I have a stable cycle?
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Old 06-22-2013, 07:05 PM   #2 
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Did they have an API Freshwater Master kit? If you can get that it'll have all the tests you need. Amazon has it at least $10 less than the stores usually. Ammonia is the 1st step but when it zero's out you may have nitrites or too high nitrates so its important to test for those especially after the 1st week or so.
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Old 06-22-2013, 07:06 PM   #3 
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Yeah I was gunna get the Master Kit off Amazon on pay day but that wont be for another week and a half. couldnt find it at the pet store.
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Old 06-22-2013, 07:07 PM   #4 
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The other thing you could do is get the 5 in 1 strips, less accurate but in a pinch are better than nothing.
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Old 06-22-2013, 07:11 PM   #5 
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those wern't available either or I would of snagged em. small town syndrome
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Old 06-22-2013, 07:17 PM   #6 
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I hear ya, I grew up in a small town. You should be fine for a couple of weeks. If the ammonia zeros out in the meantime you may want to just do an every other day 50% +\- water change to be on the safe side.
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Old 06-22-2013, 07:22 PM   #7 
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Good to know
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Old 06-23-2013, 10:53 AM   #8 
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Prime neutralizes nitrite. I wish Seachem had a better explanation of how? Keeps your ammonia converted to harmless ammonium for a couple of days. 2-drops/gal.
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Old 06-23-2013, 07:08 PM   #9 
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I dont quite understand what you mean
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Old 06-24-2013, 07:30 AM   #10 
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Do I understand you're cycling your stocked tank (fish-in)?

Seachem Prime conditioner controls ammonia and nitrite. This is important if you cannot take regular accurate parameter readings.
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