Thread: Did I Just Ruin my Cycle?
10-02-2013, 08:50 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: 1x Apistogramma trifasciata, 8x Nannostomus marginatus
20 Gallon: 1x Mikrogeophagus ramirezi, 10x Nannostomus beckfordi, 3x Otocinclus vittatus
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10-03-2013, 02:30 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, 12:50 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, cherry barbs, otoclinus, snails & 4 amano shrimp - plastic & live plants
5 gal QT
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