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Thread: Lost Cycle?

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    Well I tested my tank today after doing a 50% water change a few days ago and it seems I may of lost the cycle...

    Here's my reading.

    Ph: 7.4
    Nitrite: 0 ppm
    Nitrate 0 ppm
    Ammonia: 0 ppm

    With that being said.. what can I do to get this back right without hurting the fish? They seem to still be doing great...


    Also check these readings from a small 10 gallon I just setup.

    Ph: 7.6
    Nitrite: 1.0 ppm
    Nitrate: 0 ppm
    Ammonia: 0 ppm

    Does it look like it has started its cycle?

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    With 0 ammonia and nitrites, I would not think you have not lost your cycle. I would expect to see either one start to build up by now in a stocked aquarium and be testing close to 0.25ppm (if not more).

    What was the nitrate test result the last time you checked it in the past? Did you also try the nitrate test a second time just to make sure you did it correctly? Sometimes with many of the different nitrate tests on the market right now, if you don't follow the instructions to the letter, you can get misleading results
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff View Post
    With 0 ammonia and nitrites, I would not think you have not lost your cycle. I would expect to see either one start to build up by now in a stocked aquarium and be testing close to 0.25ppm (if not more).

    What was the nitrate test result the last time you checked it in the past? Did you also try the nitrate test a second time just to make sure you did it correctly? Sometimes with many of the different nitrate tests on the market right now, if you don't follow the instructions to the letter, you can get misleading results
    I'm using a API Freshwater Master Test Kit.

    And before that I was taking the water in. So I dont know where the paper is that it was on. And no I didnt try it a second time.

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    Well I'm redoing the test. Will post back with readings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff View Post
    With 0 ammonia and nitrites, I would not think you have not lost your cycle. I would expect to see either one start to build up by now in a stocked aquarium and be testing close to 0.25ppm (if not more).

    What was the nitrate test result the last time you checked it in the past? Did you also try the nitrate test a second time just to make sure you did it correctly? Sometimes with many of the different nitrate tests on the market right now, if you don't follow the instructions to the letter, you can get misleading results
    Ok, second test showed 20 ppm on N03.

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    Glad your nitrate showed a good reading. I have read that the API master test liquid for the nitrate test should be shaken for an over extended time. Guess it settles in the bottle and is very hard to remix. I bang the bottle on the counter several times during the shaking process. Sure glad you didn't loose your cycle.

    have a blessed day
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    Quote Originally Posted by stx2006 View Post
    Well I tested my tank today after doing a 50% water change a few days ago and it seems I may of lost the cycle...

    Here's my reading.

    Ph: 7.4
    Nitrite: 0 ppm
    Nitrate 0 ppm
    Ammonia: 0 ppm

    The reading you posted last was for which tank? How long has this tank been going - has it always had a reading for nitrates?

    With that being said.. what can I do to get this back right without hurting the fish? They seem to still be doing great...


    Also check these readings from a small 10 gallon I just setup.

    Ph: 7.6
    Nitrite: 1.0 ppm
    Nitrate: 0 ppm
    Ammonia: 0 ppm

    Does it look like it has started its cycle? These readings look like the tank is in the midst of cycling because you have a reading for nitrites but no nitrates yet - please make sure you change the water regularly on this tank to keep the nitrites down to no higher than .25ppm - when nitrites drop to 0 and you have a small reading for nitrates you are done (but I'm sure you know that already).
    Please read my comments above.
    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
    Remember: Our job is to take care of the water our fish live in

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