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Old 06-22-2013, 02:56 AM   #1 
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cycling questions

it has been a week since i started cycling my 5 gallon tank but i have no trace of nitrite or nitrate. My ammonia is still at 2ppm too. is this normal or am i going something wrong? I'm cycling it by plant and fish food, i have 2 live plants in there and i put some fish food in there too. the temperature is 84 degrees, is that to high? Also i only done 1 50% water change during the week because ammonia got to 4ppm. Is everything going in order like it should be or did i do something wrong. Got any tips to help cycling?
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Old 06-22-2013, 08:16 AM   #2 
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Nitrites may not show up for 2 wks or more so at this time you're cycle is normal. Nitrates usually don't show up until after nitrites.
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Old 06-22-2013, 08:36 AM   #3 
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Shellie is right. Cycling without live bacteria takes much longer than a couple of weeks. The hardest oart is patiently waiting for the bacteria to fall out of the sky into your tank.

If you're in a hurry, try fresh Tetra Safestart (check the sell-by date) or Dr Tim's One-and-Only, shipped fresh from the manufactirere in an insulated container.

You're doing everything right so far. Ammonia ~2.0ppm, temp 84*, pwc to keep ammonia at the right level. Filter on high. Keep it dark.

Live plants will not speed-up the cycle, but are valuable backup to the nitrifying bacteria. Enough plants and the bacteria become the backup to the plants.
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