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Old 09-19-2010, 06:51 PM   #21 
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I understand the ammonia part, but...

Day 8 - Ughhhh

Ammonia - 0ppm, adding a couple drops in a moment
NitrIte - 5.0ppm
NitrAte - 10.0ppm - 20.0ppm
pH - 7.6

I can't get my nitrAte to go down. Am I supposed to run a water change at this point? The water level in the tank is getting a little low anyhow so I should add some soon.
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Old 09-19-2010, 07:20 PM   #22 
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I don't know anything about a fishless cycle, but are you supposed to add ammonia once it gets to zero & your nitrites are showing? Doesn't that mean the nitrites are "eating" the ammonia & that's what you want? Also, you are showing nitrates, so wouldn't that mean the cycle is "almost" there?

I thought the ideal readings on a fishless cycle would be 0 ammonia & nitrites and some nitrates?
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Old 09-19-2010, 07:46 PM   #23 
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Cycle: Ammonia to Nitrites, Nitrites to Nitrates, Water Change, add 2.0-3.0ppm ammonia, if nitrites and ammonia is 0 the next day, then tank is ready.

Yeah, I'm adding ammonia now. However, since the ideal readings for a cycle are 0 nitrites, adding MORE ammonia, wouldn't that heighten the nitrites? So confusing, ha ha. Readings of ammonia to come in a moment.

Edit: 1.0-2.0ppm ammonia after 3 drops >_>, adding 1-2 more..

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Old 09-19-2010, 08:10 PM   #24 
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Here we go. After 2 more drops I'm now between 2.0-4.0ppm ammonia. I'll give readings again tomorrow. :)
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Old 09-19-2010, 08:27 PM   #25 
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That sounds SO confusing to me. Boy, am I glad I have never attempted a fishless cycle!!!
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Old 09-19-2010, 08:33 PM   #26 
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It's really not confusing, I think I just make a big deal out of it all. It goes like this pretty much:

1. Add bacteria
2. Add pure ammonia (to get it between 2.0-4.0ppm)
3. Wait
4. Add ammonia until it disappears overnight and you have nitrites/nitrates.
5. Water change
6. Ready for fish

But step 4 is very odd. Especially if you see all my results, I've had a ton of nitrites and nitrates but now I'm just like @.@
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"But step 4 is very odd. Especially if you see all my results, I've had a ton of nitrites and nitrates but now I'm just like @.@"

That's what I mean - if it were as simple as it sounds, it would be all good. BUT sounds like it isn't!!!

Anyways, good luck & hopefully it will be done for you soon!
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Old 09-19-2010, 08:52 PM   #28 
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Thanks! I'm hoping by the end of this week he'll be swimming in it and I'll have pictures. :)
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Old 09-19-2010, 08:55 PM   #29 
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I hope so too & can't WAIT for the pics!!! :)

BTW, how's his tail? Better, I hope!
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Old 09-19-2010, 09:01 PM   #30 
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Shif's tail is doing fine now.

As for Survivor's tail... It's regrowing, slowly. Very, very slowly. Given his condition when I got him though, I'm surprised that it's growing back at all.
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