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  1. Default Started fishless Cycling, need advice


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    Zee Hi everyone, I'm new here and would like some advice please.

    I bought a 120litre tank and have started the cycle.

    First I filled the tank with gravel and stuff. No plants. Then I filled with water and then put some seachem prime in to dechlorinate.

    Once it was warm. I put in ammonia, a bit too much as the reading was showing 8ppm. So I did 50% water change. Did the test after another day and still it was showing 8ppm. So I did another 50% water change. After a day I tester ammonia and it's showing 4ppm. It's been on 4ppm a few days now.

    I tested pH and it's showing 7.6. So I did high range pH test and it's showing 7.4. I'm confused as high range is showing less then normal pH test.

    Nitrite is showing 0ppm.

    I'm using api test liquid.

    Temperature is set on about 27-28 Celsius.

    Have I done everything OK? and are the readings OK? How long will it take until ammonia starts dropping and Nitrite start building?

    Can someone explain the pH tests I did?

    I haven't put any bacteria in tank as cannot get hold of any.
    Last edited by saabuldin; 01-30-2014 at 09:20 PM.
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    Don't worry about pH at this point or adding bacteria...check out the sticky here on fishless cyling, it will answer all of your questions!

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    You are doing everything correctly. Nitrites should show up in about a week but keep in mind every tank and every cycle is different. Generally a cycle using ammonia should take 3 weeks or less, but some take longer and some take much longer. I can't explain the pH readings but my guess would be the pH is between the two numbers. As Sheamurai stated, don't worry about the pH just yet, it will fluctuate during the cycling process.
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    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
    Tolerance is a great thing to have, so is the ability to shut up.

    I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.


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    Thanks I will read the sticky link. I just thought if the pH was too high or too low, it will slow down the cycling process.
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    Actually, I'm pretty sure you are correct about the pH but yours is well within the right range for growing nitrifying bacteria.
    When I go fishing I just place a sharp rock in the water and sit there waiting for all the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
    Brutal honesty will be shown on this screen.
    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
    Tolerance is a great thing to have, so is the ability to shut up.

    I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.


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    Tested water yesterday and I got 0 ppm ammonia. 5ppm Nitrite and 5ppm Nitrate.

    I know I shouldn't off left ammonia to go to 0.

    So I added ammonia which went back to 4ppm.

    Checked today and ammonia went to 1ppm and Nitrite and Nitrate still on 5ppm. Topped up ammonia back to 4ppm.

    Can someone explain what's happening?

    Thanks
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    you should be dosing half ammonia now that you have nitrites, so only dose it to 2 ppm if you started with 4. you keep doing that until nitrites and ammonia both read zero each day. Don't worry about nitrate levels now that you have them until you get 0 ammonia and nitrites. at that point you are cycled and you do a massive water change.
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    Quote Originally Posted by saabuldin View Post
    Tested water yesterday and I got 0 ppm ammonia. 5ppm Nitrite and 5ppm Nitrate.

    I know I shouldn't off left ammonia to go to 0.

    So I added ammonia which went back to 4ppm.

    Checked today and ammonia went to 1ppm and Nitrite and Nitrate still on 5ppm. Topped up ammonia back to 4ppm.

    Can someone explain what's happening?

    Thanks
    Your tank has grown a good amount of ammonia eating bacteria and is now growing nitrite eating bacteria. Your cycle is progressing. Use 1/2 this ammonia at this point as already stated above. No harm will come by using a little too much ammonia, worst case you can slow thing down a little
    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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    Thanks guys. If I keep topping up ammonia to 2ppm. Once it's cycled can I stock at least half. Tank is 100 litre
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