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    I'd say your KH is 3 point something and your GH...

    I'd say your KH is 3 point something and your GH is 5.
  2. Fix the pH. I see three problems. 1. With it...

    Fix the pH. I see three problems.

    1. With it *reading* 6.0 and 6.0 being the bottom of the range, it could well be reading 2.0 and you wouldn't know. Similar to nitrite reading 5, it may well...
  3. Letting the ammonia (or nitrite for that matter)...

    Letting the ammonia (or nitrite for that matter) go to 0 for a while *may* stall the cycle, but I have experimental evidence to suggest that it can be left for a week and still function when ammonia...
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    The media I used was not from my other tank. ...

    The media I used was not from my other tank. Sponge was, but the media I 'grew' in a bucket.

    25 litre bucket. Filled with dechlorinated water. A plastic pop bottle with an airstone in it full of...
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    So looks like I won't have plenty of time to...

    So looks like I won't have plenty of time to considering my stocking and can probably stock it this weekend. I have Friday off work, so the aquascaping can happen then. Can get to the fish shops,...
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    Oh and, em... unexpected ... I topped up to 4ppm...

    Oh and, em... unexpected ... I topped up to 4ppm by accident yesterday and this morning I still had double zero's for the first time!

    So either the seeding media and sponge have done their job...
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    Not really "hang" on the back. It is the back. ...

    Not really "hang" on the back. It is the back. There is a tank divider sealing off the back 1/8th of the tank. That is then divided like a sump with channels.

    Overflow->Down through sponge->Up...
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    Photos: 29508 Hard to take a photo of the...

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    Hard to take a photo of the filter, I'll get a better one when I empty the tank to aquascape (err plant it).
    You can just see the pick up well with heater and powerhead and the...
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    Thanks guys. Baking soda is a carbonates source:...

    Thanks guys. Baking soda is a carbonates source: Sodium Bicarbonate.

    The organisms all consume carbonates as they multiply. I live in a soft water area. 2dKH. Without it, the cycle may slow...
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    Got myself a second tank.

    I've been resisting buying a second tank for my study/office/man cave. I succumb at the weekend. Bought myself an AquaNano 40.

    It's a 40cm cube giving aprox 15 gal/55L. So not a nano as the...
  11. I'll have a go here. Filters normally have a...

    I'll have a go here.

    Filters normally have a rating for tank size or flow rate, or both. For a 29 gal planted tank you want to be buying a filter that claims 60 gal. It is better to be over...
  12. I didn't check the fish that closely TBH. The...

    I didn't check the fish that closely TBH. The Harlequins where the last 12 in the tank in the shop, so I might have got the ones nobody else wanted. The tetra that couldn't breath I can't explain. ...
  13. Well I haven't been on here in a while. After...

    Well I haven't been on here in a while.

    After a few days of double 0s at 1ppm ammonia I stocked the tank! Nearly 12 weeks I spent cycling the tank.

    Not everything went to plan. I got 2 sick...
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    Finally! I have fish! Started this on like the...

    Finally! I have fish! Started this on like the 23rd March and 29th June I have fish!

    4x 3 line Cory's
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    10 Black Neon Tetra
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    1 BN catfish
  15. Thanks. I dropped it back to 1ppm and had double...

    Thanks. I dropped it back to 1ppm and had double 0's this morning. At last.

    If it stays 0:0 until Friday it's time for fish! :)
  16. Aha, so what might have happened in the ammonia...

    Aha, so what might have happened in the ammonia eaters have gone on a spree and filled up the filter space that the nitrite eaters now need. The ammonia vanishes really quickly as there are too many...
  17. Yea, ammonia is dropping to 0 in a mater of...

    Yea, ammonia is dropping to 0 in a mater of hours. Just the nitrites that are being slow.

    Is 1ppm enough for a full stock bio load? Or should I keep it at 1ppm until nitrites 0 out and then ease...
  18. 125 litre (33 US gal) Started with 4ppm,...

    125 litre (33 US gal)

    Started with 4ppm, topped up to 2ppm when it fell. When nitrites went off the scale I lowered it to 1ppm. When they became readable on the chart again I increased to 2ppm...
  19. Fishless cycle, non-zero, but low nitrites for weeks.

    Hi,

    I'm about 12 weeks into my fishless cycle. Ammonia dropped and ntirites appeared about 4 weeks ago. Nitrites were off the charts for a few weeks, but then suddenly (over 1-2days) dropped to...
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    2 weeks later after Nitrite showed up and went...

    2 weeks later after Nitrite showed up and went off the chart and it has been teasing me with 0.25ppm-0.5ppm nitrite each morning for 4 days now. I believe this is normal and one morning there will...
  21. The bacteria that eat ammonia and nitrite are...

    The bacteria that eat ammonia and nitrite are made of organic carbon. So to divide they need carbonates or bicarbonates from the water.

    Bicarbonates (like sodium bicarbonate) can be pH buffers,...
  22. I'm fairly sure (not certain) that the NitrAte...

    I'm fairly sure (not certain) that the NitrAte test isn't worth anything when the Nitrite levels are high. I tested them diligently for a week as nitrites rose from 3ppm to 30ppm, the nitrAte test...
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    So, having taken exactly 8 weeks to do anything...

    So, having taken exactly 8 weeks to do anything at all, things are flying along, a real disco lights of colours across the test kit in only a few day!

    Friday (as per photo above): Ammonia: 1ppm -...
  24. Just to confirm. You have a 14 gallon tank and...

    Just to confirm.

    You have a 14 gallon tank and have added one fish 2 days ago?

    First thing you should do is buy a water test kit. API Master Test kit is ideal, it's cheaper online.

    Once you...
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    28683 Finally! Although I'm going to wait a few...

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    Finally! Although I'm going to wait a few hours and retest to be sure my eyes are seeing what they are.
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