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    Agree with gronlaura - when cycling with ammonia, you should always let the ammonia drop to 0 before adding more - unless you've already been doing that.

    I'm thinking you started off putting too much in - you are only growing enough bacteria for a 5gal tank, not a 40gal - there isn't enough space in the filter to house that many bacteria LOL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by imma24 View Post
    there isn't enough space in the filter to house that many bacteria LOL.
    I'm pretty sure there is plenty of room to grow 4ppm's worth of bacteria, they are pretty tiny lol.

    I think your problems are there isn't enough oxygen in the water and the pH of the tank. Breaking the surface tension of the water with an air stone will definitely help. The pH for the best growth of nitrobacter (the bacteria the turns nitrite to nitrate) is 7.3-7.5, below/above this and the growth rate will slow. Slow growth is better than no growth, but will try your patience.
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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.
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