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    Default Cycling a new 20 gallon long, am I ready to add fish?


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    I have been cycling (fishless) my 20 long for about one month. My numbers are:

    Ammonia - .25

    Nitrite- 0

    Nitrate - .10

    What do I need to do to get Ammonia to 0? Or is this close enough to start adding fish?

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    Absolutely not. Ammonia and Nitrites both need to be zero before adding fish, otherwise you are not fishless cycling...

    I'm not sure what you have been doing to date, but perhaps you could increase the temp a bit, to help things along.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sheamurai View Post
    Absolutely not. Ammonia and Nitrites both need to be zero before adding fish, otherwise you are not fishless cycling...

    I'm not sure what you have been doing to date, but perhaps you could increase the temp a bit, to help things along.
    Nitrites are 0, I would have thought the Ammonia would have gone to 0 when the nitrite hit 0. I will try increasing the temp

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    if you had nitrites but they are gone now, perhaps you have done something else which caused a spike...have you done any tank maintenance besides adding ammonia daily?

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    oops, I only added ammonia (purchased from Ace Hardware) on day 1 to start off the cycle. the ammonia started at 9.0. Do i need to add ammonia every day?

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    the steps of a fishless cycle in a nut shell:
    add ammonia till about 4-6ppm first day
    keep the ammonia at that level by testing daily
    when nitrites show up, allow ammonia to fall to 2ppm
    keep ammonia at 2ppm by adding ammonia daily. this requires a test before and after adding ammonia
    *note too much ammonia at this stage WILL stall your cycle it happened to me
    when 2ppm ammonia is being used completely in 24 hrs, and nitrites start going down, test for nitrates
    when 2ppm ammonia is used daily, no nitrites are present, and nitrates are climbing, your cycle is done.

    some people like to keep the cycle going a few days incase there was an error in the reading one day.

    increasing the temp to 84, and adding alot of air will speed the process up.
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    What test kit are you using? The liquid test kit by API is the best to use, although it's very hard to distinguish the difference between .25 ammonia and 0 ammonia, according to the color chart. If you think you are consistently coming up with .25 ammonia after a month and doing tests at random times, the ammonia is actually 0. If you are not using the API liquid test kit, then ignore what I just said.
    Everyone is right about the ammonia needing to be zero. test your tap water for ammonia too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greentoads41 View Post
    What test kit are you using? The liquid test kit by API is the best to use, although it's very hard to distinguish the difference between .25 ammonia and 0 ammonia, according to the color chart. If you think you are consistently coming up with .25 ammonia after a month and doing tests at random times, the ammonia is actually 0. If you are not using the API liquid test kit, then ignore what I just said.
    Everyone is right about the ammonia needing to be zero. test your tap water for ammonia too.
    I am using the API test kit, thanks

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