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Old 08-13-2010, 04:38 PM   #1 
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Mid-Cycling Questions

This is the 13th day Of cyclying my 10 gallon, my nitrite spike happened today! I have a few questions though.

Will the Nitrite go down before the nitrate goes up, or does it stay up?

Alot of the water has evaporated, would adding more mess up the cycle?

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Old 08-13-2010, 04:45 PM   #2 
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How are you cycling it - ammonia, food, shrimp?
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Old 08-13-2010, 05:16 PM   #3 
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Yay! I'm glad it's progressing.
Honestly, I don't know. I didn't start testing my Nitrate until my Nitrite went down to zero. I mean, you can't add fish until then anyway so what's the use?
Once the Nitrite goes down, test your nitrate and if they are ok you can add fish. If not, you do a water change.
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I am using pure ammonia.

Thanks! So once nitrite goes down to 0 i should start testing for nitrate?

Also what should the ammonia level be at at this point?
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You can start testing for nitrAte now -you should start seeing some soon. However, if you ONLY test for nitrIte, once it his zero, then you SHOULD be all set, but you must test you nitrAtes to be sure. Yes definitely add more water, it's not going to hurt anything, just keep adding your ammonia.
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That's what I did anyway.
Why test the nitrate if you need to wait for the nitrite to go down anyway?
You want your ammonia under 0.02ppm, I think. I lost my little chart. I just know I want the test to be yellow
After the ammonia goes down, you test for nitrites and if they are betweem 5-10 you're ok. If not, you make a water change. When they go up, you make a water change. Track ammonia and nitrate and make water changes accordingly.
I'm not an expert in cycling so I might be off a little, sorry.
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Thanks for the help. Well the nitrite rating is 5.0 ppm while the ammonia actually hasnt gone down...its still at 4.0ppm. So a waterchange will help that, but will it mess up the nitrite ratings? Also on the guide im using on the internet it said to cut ammonia drops per day in half once you get nitrite readings. i went from 5 drops to 3. Is that right?
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