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Old 03-11-2012, 06:00 PM   #1 
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Exclamation Cycle help!

I recently started cycling my tank last week (6 days ago) and I've been testing the ammonia every other day and the ammonia is staying at a steady 0.5 ppm ammonia. So today, I tested my nitrites also and I noticed it was at 0.25 ppm. My API freshwater master test kit isn't broken because I just got it less than 3 weeks ago and it doesn't expire until 2016. Is my tank going through a really quick cycle? I've been feeding the fish tank flakes every 12 hours as a source of ammonia. Also, before I started this cycle, I attempted to cycle about 2 and a half weeks ago but I stopped because I thought since I wasn't using any gravel, the beneficial bacteria didn't have a large place to live.
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Does anyone know what this whitish stuff is on my fish flakes? I'm attempting to cycle my 20 gallon aquarium with fish flakes and I have no idea what this is. Is is bad? Should I get rid of it? Here's another view. Sorry for the weird photography, I was trying to get it to focus and I was in a hurry.

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