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Old 06-13-2013, 08:07 AM   #1 
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Cycling problem

I believe my 5gal tank is done cycling, I have 0.25ppm Ammonia and 5.0ppm NitrAtes. Is my tank fully cycled and able to acclimate my awaiting wet friend in his tank? I'm just worried that I cannot get Ammonia down to 0. NitrItes are at 0 and have stayed there.
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Old 06-13-2013, 08:57 AM   #2 
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No your tank is not cycled. A fully cycled tank will have 0 ammonia/nitrItes, <20 nitrAtes. Are you using a liquid test kit? What are you using for an ammonia source? How long has the tank been set up?
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I am using a liquid test kit. I have been trying to keep up with daily water changes, sometimes missing a day or two.

The tank has been setup since February, I have tried the shrimp fish-less method for a month and a half. 0 Ammonia, 0 nitrItes, 0 nitrAtes.

I have used Stability a month ago to try and jumpstart my tank.

Ammonia was at 8ppm and nitrItes were at 5ppm. After a week or two water changes I am now down to .25ppm ammonia and 0 nitrItes and 5.0ppm nitrAtes.

I have not been adding any ammonia source since I used Stability. Just been doing water changes to reduce the high numbers.
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You have to keep supplying ammonia to feed the BB. You need to up your ammonia to 2-3 ppm, when it falls to 1 or less up it back & keep doing that until you completely cycle.
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Old 06-15-2013, 06:43 AM   #5 
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Shellie is absolutely right.

Allowing your ammonia to get to 8.0ppm and nitrite to 5.0ppm probably killed your initial cycle.

What are the readings of your tapwater, especially ammonia?

Where has your fish been living all this time?

I usually like to recommend the fishless cycle as you are doing. But, if your fish is waiting in a 1g bowl, he might be better off in the 5g with you changing water enough to keep ammonia <0.25ppm.

Use Prime (2drops/gal) every other day to keep the ammonia converted to harmless ammonium.

Fresh Tetra Safestart has been used successfully by many keepers on this forum. Dr Tim's One-and-Only is a good mail-order product, delivered fresh.
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