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Old 08-17-2010, 09:15 AM   #1 
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Question Weird results while cycling

Hi, this is the first Fishless Cycling I'm doing, seeded the 10G with some bacteria from my other tank and was doing the Ammonia method and keeping a temp of 84-87F. This is the deal. I'm at day 5 and my numbers are a little weird according to most sites. NO3 should not be present until ammonia is below 2ppm. This are my numbers today:

NH3: ~5ppm
NO2: ~20ppm
NO3: ~1.5ppm

I have not added any additional Ammonia in 2 days due to the fact that the ppm was above 5 and read somewhere that higher will delay the cycling.

Are those numbers expectable?
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Old 08-18-2010, 09:27 AM   #2 
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Ok, yesterday I added 1 drop of 10% ammonia to the tank, figure not to starve the possible colonies of bacteria, and the test after 2 hours yield NH3 concentration of almost 8ppm. Today I got a surprise, NH3 had dropped back to between 2ppm and 4ppm but nitrite(NO2) spiked to almost 40ppm while nitrate(NO3) climbed to ~12ppm

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Kinna weird chart though.

Should I keep adding Ammonia or wait for Nitrite and Nitrate to go down?
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Old 08-18-2010, 10:17 AM   #3 
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You'll see your ammonia spike, then your nitrites, and then the nitrates is all I know, when you finally get the high nitrates (I might have nitrates/nitrites mixed up) it is time to do your final water change as the aquarium will be ready to hold the balance... I think.
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