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    I started a fishless cycle on my 135 gallon with 38 gallon sump 06/12, I'm showing 0 ammonia, minimum 5.0 ppm nitrItes and 20-40 ppm nitrAtes.

    Do I continue adding 1/2 of the original dose of ammonia until the nitrItes drop? I started with 1 ounce of ammonia to bring me to 5.0 ppm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JudiJetson View Post
    I started a fishless cycle on my 135 gallon with 38 gallon sump 06/12, I'm showing 0 ammonia, minimum 5.0 ppm nitrItes and 20-40 ppm nitrAtes.

    Do I continue adding 1/2 of the original dose of ammonia until the nitrItes drop? I started with 1 ounce of ammonia to bring me to 5.0 ppm.
    I'd give it another week before you make any moves. You're right at 3 weeks now. Something should be happening soon :o) Fingers crossed.
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    Lol!, Thank you fishmommie, it seems like it's taking forever. The hardest part is the waiting and the waiting and yet more waiting. I just wasn't sure about adding ammonia to keep the BB alive until the nitrites drop...when I cycled my 10 gallon I didn't even see nitrites so I'm a little anxious. Plus since I have the sump I have also had to top that off a couple time (using Prime).
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    I've got no suggestions, but I'm sending sympathy and good thoughts your way! The bacteria that munch nitrites were the ones that took the most time when I cycled my 5 gal.
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    I've got no suggestions, but I'm sending sympathy and good thoughts your way! The bacteria that munch nitrites were the ones that took the most time when I cycled my 5 gal.
    Thanks Stardancer, it can always be a bit different for everyone in some respects, when I fishless cycled my 10 gallon I never even saw the nitrIte spike! Guess I got lucky that time!
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    Unfortunately because you needed to start with a larger dose of ammonia it will take the tank longer to cycle. When I unexpectedly had to cycle my 120g I rinsed my filter media from other tanks in the water column of the 120 and it cycled in a short time. I didn't start with 5ppm ammonia, but it might help to speed things along a bit if you give it a try.
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    Thanks HB1, I'll give that a try... Luckily I'm not in a super hurry, just want to make sure I'm following the right path. Wasn't sure if I had to continue adding 1/2 doses of ammonia while waiting for the trites to hit 0
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    Well, unless I missed something, I believe you DO need to continue adding ammonia - once ammonia drops to 0 you need to add more - the half dose you were talking about until the nitrites drop to 0 - without ammonia your current bacteria will die.
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    Thank you imma24, I'm still dosing 1/2 the original amount...just got a bit worried when the nitrites didn't drop...glad to know I didn't muck anything up
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    You also have to keep in mind, the nitrite eating bacteria takes a lot longer to grow as compared to the ammonia eating bacteria.

    It's far to early to start worrying about anything
    If 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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