View Full Version : Where Am I?

03-23-2009, 02:07 AM
Friday I brought home some used filter media from the tanks we have at work to begin the cycle on my 55 gallon. Today I checked my levels and it came back as follows.

Ammonia - 1.0
Nitrites - 5
Nitrates - 10

Anyone want to guess what stage I'm at in the cycle? What sort of time I have left? Thanks!

03-23-2009, 02:58 AM
If you have established filter media you are likely near the end. The reason you aren't at 0 for the ammonia and nitrites is probably the bacteria just growing to handle the bioload. I'd suspect that in a few days you'll be at 0.

03-23-2009, 03:06 AM
I'm curious if I should add more ammonia tonight.

Wild Turkey
03-23-2009, 03:26 AM
If you are fishlessing you want to be maintaining 2-3ppm right now. so Yes, add the ammonia tonight and do it everyday until the day before you add fish (after you have 0/0/some for a few days

03-23-2009, 12:03 PM
Thanks! I'll add some.

03-24-2009, 06:28 AM
Today it reads

Ammonia - 2
Nitrite - 5
Nitrate - 5

Should my Nitrates be going lower like that?

03-25-2009, 08:29 PM
Is algae growing??? Nitrates may lower if you are growing algae

03-25-2009, 08:54 PM
I don't see any algae.

03-25-2009, 09:23 PM
It's likely just a discrepancy in the test...

03-25-2009, 11:05 PM
Just tested again with the following results.

Ammonia - 1.0
Nitrite - 2.0
Nitrate - 5.0

Does this sound any better?

03-27-2009, 12:13 AM
Tested just now with the following results..

Ammonia - 0.25
Nitrite - 2.0
Nirtrate - 5.0

I added another teaspoon of ammonia since it seems to be eating it up, but is there anything else I should do? I've noticed that the Nitrate readings seem to be the same the past few days, not gaining or lessening.