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    Okay well today marks about 2 months since I've started trying to cycle my Aquaclear 30. I still do not have nitrites.. I tested the tank today and still have about 4.0ppm of ammonia. I haven't added any more fish food, for cycling, and I removed the two rotting Nerite Snails that I was using to cycle the tank. Some previously said to let the ammonia fall then dose half again. I've been allowing almost half the tank water to evaporate over a few days to a week then I refill the tank. Hopefully my ammonia levels will fall and I'll see some nitrites.
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    Just to double check, have you tested for nitrites? Funny I just passed this thread this AM and wondered how you were doing. Sorry your cycle seems to have stalled, that doesn't sound quite right.

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    You need to let the ammonia drop completely to 0 but then you need to add ammonia to half the original level - so if you started off with 4.0ppm, you let it drop to 0 and then add enough ammonia to reach 2.0.

    Usually by the time ammonia gets to 0, there is a reading for nitrites but if the ammonia level is too high to begin with (especially in a small tank - a small filter won't be able to grow that much bacteria - not enough space in the media- with such a high level of ammonia), the cycle won't even start. At least that's my understanding of the process.

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