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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
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