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Old 08-29-2011, 06:23 PM   #1 
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YES YES NO MORE AMONIA!! but now what?

so my amonia levels are at 0 and have been for 2 days now. but my nitrite is between 0 and 5pp so how do i get that to lower so my tank will be 100% cycled?
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Old 08-29-2011, 08:35 PM   #2 
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Continue water changes :)

Think of Nitrite as your new ammonia -and to lower it you will need to continue your water changing schedule or bring it forward as it is very toxic to fishy.

Over time your tank will generate bacteria to eat the Nitrite and bi-product will be Nitrate.

Nitrite cycle can be much longer than Ammonia - from what I have read some take a few days some take months!

Be patient and just ensure non lethal levels of Nitrite for fishy through monitoring and testing :)
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Old 08-29-2011, 09:37 PM   #3 
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Exactly what Banicks said. You want a low level of nitrAtes once the nitrites and ammonia reach 0. Then you are cycled!
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Old 08-29-2011, 10:19 PM   #4 
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As allready stated think of nitrite as ammonia and pretend it's the same (sort of) just do the exact same you were doing with ammonia and when nitrites go away you are cycled! Then just keep your nitrates low. And I know it's a bit confusing, I'm currently cycling a 10 gal tank. Good luck!
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