Thread: Did I Just Ruin my Cycle?
10-02-2013, 09:50 PM #11
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.My 10 Gallon Aquarium Journal
10 Gallon Planted: 2x Apistogramma trifasciata (pair), 4x Otocinclus vittatus, 8x Nannostomus marginatus
20 Gallon: 1x Blue Gourami, 1x Microglanis iheringi, 6x Panda Cory
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10-03-2013, 03:30 AM #12
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.
10-03-2013, 01:50 PM #13
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.46 gal fw tank with black skirt tetras, neon tetras, spotted corys, green corys, 1 guppy, cherry barbs, otoclinus, snails & 4 amano shrimp - plastic & live plants
5 gal QT with green corys & 2 guppies