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Old 05-30-2014, 02:27 PM   #11 
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Location: Montreal, QC, Canada
May 30, 2014:
pH: 7.5
Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0.3!!! Another water change omfggg I just did one yesterday >:(
Nitrate: 5
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Old 06-01-2014, 08:22 AM   #12 
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I feel your pain with the water changes. I'm doing a fish in cycle on a tank right now too. Hang in there!
Thanks for the encouragement! It's just so frustrating doing the water changes lol I have a big carpet in my bedroom so I always have to be super careful not to spill water anywhere >_<

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May 31, 2014:
pH: 7.5
Ammonia: 0
Nitrites: 0.1-0.3
Nitrates: 5

I invested in a 5 gallon bucket and some tubing to use as a siphon type thing. Hopefully this makes the water changes more bearable
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Old 06-01-2014, 04:42 PM   #13 
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Oh I see you got a bucket and a siphon. Those two items changed my life! So much faster to drain the water initially than scooping it out! Plus having something to fill up with new water and condition it is so nice too. My tanks are only 5 gallons but still, it's so much better!
Yeah I am glad mine is only 10 gallons! My friend has a 30 gallon and she is having a lot of trouble doing water changes, even with a siphon and a bucket haha!

Today's water change went by much more quickly/less messy.

June 1, 2014:
pH: 7.5
Ammonia: Close to 0
Nitrite: 0.3
Nitrate: 5

Did another 50% water change. Thank you, siphon and new bucket!!
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Old 06-02-2014, 11:55 AM   #14 
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June 2, 2014:
pH: 7.5
Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0.1-0.3 -- very close to 0.3 so a water change is being done today.
Nitrate: 5
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Old 06-04-2014, 07:52 AM   #15 
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June 4, 2014:
Didn't get a chance to test the water yesterday because I was so busy running around! Luckily nothing was off the charts :)

pH: 7.5
Ammonia: 0
Nitrites: 0.1
Nitrates: 10

I soaked plants overnight. No sign of snails besides the ones I picked out last night... and I also found a little Thai Micro Crab in the plants!! He may be added to my tank, but in a breeding box for now because I am unsure of how Jackson will take to him.

I also have some driftwood which I have been soaking because of tannins... I want to add them into the tank already!! Ugh lol
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Old 06-05-2014, 10:36 AM   #16 
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I saw the picture of the little crab he's so cute! I got new plants yesterday too, except when I put them in my QT tank I found a worm. Ew! I was looking at that worm thinking "I'd rather have snails!" Your little "pest" sounds way better.
Haha ewwww. Yeah the little crabby dude was quite a surprise... but much more adorable than worms!


June 5, 2014:
pH: 7.0 -- I added the mopani wood and I believe the tannins brought down the pH slightly. No worries though Jackson does not seem to mind :)
Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0.3
Nitrate: 5???

I don't know why my nitrates keep fluctuating... do plants have anything to do with it?

Anyway, today's water change day due to the high nitrites.

I think the cycle is almost over... nitrites are spiking every other day or so now instead of everyday... hopefully in another week or two the tank will be fully cycled!
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Old 06-06-2014, 03:01 PM   #17 
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June 6, 2014:
pH: 7.0-7.5
Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0.1-0.3 (closer to 0.3)
Nitrate: 5

Ughhh another water change :( WHY WON'T THE SPIKE ENDDDD
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Old 06-08-2014, 04:26 PM   #18 
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June 8, 2014:
pH: 7.9
Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0.3
Nitrate: 5

Another water change. I didn't have time to test the water yesterday and I stupidly didn't turn the filter back on after the water change :( Hoping this doesn't screw up my cycle.

Another note: I seem to be just stuck on the nitrates reaching 0.3 but no beneficial bacteria growing?!?! Is it normal for it to stall this badly? My ammonia levels are consistently 0 now but it's like my tank is having trouble with the nitrite... I don't understand :(
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Old 06-09-2014, 09:33 AM   #19 
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June 9, 2014:
pH: 7.0
Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0.1-0.3 (closer to 0.3)
Nitrate: 5

So time for ANOTHER water change... I DON'T UNDERSTAND D: I thought I was supposed to be done cycling by now?? I am so worried that I am doing more harm than good by doing 50% water changes almost everydya...
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Old 06-11-2014, 07:55 AM   #20 
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June 10, 2014:
pH: 7.0
Ammonia: 0.6?!?! Weird, because it's been 0 for so long :s
Nitrite: 0.1
Nitrate: 5

Forgot to post this yesterday. Today's results shall be up later today.
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