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Thread: "slight" increase in nitrates ?
05-17-2013, 06:02 PM #1Member CoryCat
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"slight" increase in nitrates ?
Just to summarize-I am trying to determine if I am at the end of the cycle on my 20 gallon long using what I am sure is "pure" household ammonia and no fish. My ammo and nitrite levels remain at zero. Since I dont know how to attach a picture of the color of the water in the API test tube when I test for nitrates, the best way I can describe it is that it is almost identical to the shade of 0 ppm on the ammonia scale. it is not the bright yellow of 0 ppm on the nitrate scale and it certainly is not the shade of orange indicating 5.0 ppm on the nitrate scale. I understand completely that I am testing for nitrates but the closest color match is idenical to 0 ppm for ammonia. So, any help interpreting if there has been a "slight" increase in my nitrates and if the cycle is finished would be greatly appreciated.
05-17-2013, 06:20 PM #2
it would help to know how long you've been cycling the tank and if you followed the fishless cycling directions here on the forum or if you used some other method and if so, what method?
did you ever have a nitrite spike?
05-17-2013, 07:29 PM #3
If you are talking about the tank in the below thread, then I would just repeat my last post there and ask if you have been feeding the tank more ammonia since your last post in that thread ?
If this is a different tank, then I would ask the same questions as aboveIf you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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05-17-2013, 07:30 PM #4
05-17-2013, 09:43 PM #5
I see now this is the same tank you're talking about in your other thread. Just an fyi - for future reference, please don't start a new thread if it's referencing the same tank and same issue - in this case, fishless cycling. It makes it confusing for those attempting to help :o)
I reread your other thread. IMO, since you are now showing nitrates, and since you've been feeding ammonia and the ammonia is dropping to 0 within 24 hours and nitrites are also 0, it would seem your tank is cycled. I'd do a water change then add a few fish and watch your perimeters carefully. worst case scenario, you have a mini cycle and you do a few more water changes.
05-18-2013, 11:46 AM #6
Have you continued to add ammonia each day? The bacteria you have already grown needs to continue to be fed a small amount of ammonia each day until your nitrites have dropped to 0. 4 ppm of ammonia is too much for a 20 gallon tank. Your starting dose should have been around 2 ppm's and then lowered to 1 once you began to see nitrites.
I don't know what all has happened with your tank because I haven't seen your other thread. (I agree with fishmommie to start one thread per same discussion.) If your tank has been getting dosed daily as it should, you should have more than a "trace" of nitrates. You should be registering a good amount.