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    I did not have any plants at that time. I posted...

    I did not have any plants at that time. I posted a new thread because the situation has changed.
    Thank you though!
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    Unplanned Fish In Cycle.... [emoji58]

    I have been cycling my 10 gallon freshwater tank for 5 weeks. I had a previous thread about my attempts. It was not yet cycled and Iím actually pretty sure it was stalled so I was contemplating...
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    I retested the nitrite just now, watching it for...

    I retested the nitrite just now, watching it for the full five minutes and it never changed color. It stayed the same light blue the whole time. Never darker or lighter and never purple. I was just...
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    Thank you for the information! Today Ammonia is...

    Thank you for the information! Today Ammonia is still a solid 1ppm, so I didnít test nitrates today. It seems to be dropping every 7 days so I would expect to see it drop again in a day or so....
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    Hi all, Things are finally moving along with my...

    Hi all,
    Things are finally moving along with my cycle, ammonia has steadily dropped over the past few weeks, from a solid 2-4ppm and is now 1ppm. I am on day 32. I havenít seen any nitrites. I...
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    That makes sense, thanks! Iíll just keep waiting it out. I did just notice today these brown smudges, kind of looks like algae but not sure? Is this a good sign?

    ...
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    I tested again today and I got excited initially...

    I tested again today and I got excited initially because my first reading of ammonia was .50 ppm but nitrites were still zero. I retested ammonia thinking maybe I messed up the solution dosage. I...
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    Cycling Taking Longer Than Expected

    Iíve tried to cycle my freshwater tank a few times now. Before starting this current attempt I made sure to really research and make sure I had all of the tools I needed to be successful.

    Here are...
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    After reading the guides and info provided above,...

    After reading the guides and info provided above, I realized I had made a few key mistakes in my last attempt to cycle. The ammonia I purchased likely had surfactants or additives because it foamed...
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    Thank you for the information, Iíll hold off on adding any more ammonia until it reads as zero. My tap water read as 40 ppm nitrates.
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    This morning I tested the water- PH - 8.0 - 8.2...

    This morning I tested the water-
    PH - 8.0 - 8.2
    Ammonia - .25
    Nitrites - 0
    Nitrates- 10 or 20

    This tank has been running for well over a month total but Iíve struggled to get the cycle going...
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    That makes sense, thanks!

    That makes sense, thanks!
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    Do-over Fishless Cycle Confusion

    Quick update here. Finally seeing some progress.

    I finally found liquid ammonia. Yesterday I tested the water before doing anything and all parameters were the same as before, .25 ammonia, zero...
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    So very interesting, I tested my tap water for...

    So very interesting, I tested my tap water for nitrates and itís reading 40ppm. So Iím now wondering if my tank is reading 5ppm nitrates simply because there were nitrates in the water to start with....
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    Thank you! Iíll do that.
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    Do-over Fishless Cycle Confusion

    Iím trying to figure out where I am in my fishless cycle process now and Iím kind of confused by the test results Iím getting.

    About a week ago, after two fantail losses in a row, I completely...
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