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    Hi all!

    I've had a planted tank up and running for two weeks. No fish. Just a smidge of food a week ago.

    I was going to start my fishless cycle today (mulling that over for a while!)

    I have the below results before I added anything. That's the tank water as of a minute ago.

    Can you help, what should I do next?

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    can you take tap water params and post those?

    It looks like you have .25-.5 ammonia, 2-5ppm trites & 5ppm trates. Right?

    Oh, I just noticed you said you added food a week ago. So, it looks like your cycle is underway. How big is this tank?
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    Hi Kevin. Thanks for the post.

    I'll test the tap water and post in 10mins or so. I'm using API master by the way.

    It's 160L.

    I'm completely new to fishless so I'm after a next step :/

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    And yeah sorry, I added food until my ammonia arrived. Planted for 2 weeks though with fair growth, no die back to date
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    That's a nice looking tank. What temp are you at, BB grows more readily at a temp of 82F or so. Did you buy "pure" ammonia? How are you measuring and dosing it? What dechlor, or water conditioner, are you using?
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    Plants can actually grow really well during a cycle, due to the waste/nutrients in the water. They feed hungrily on that stuff. It can sometimes delay your cycle, but if taken care of they can be just as effective at filtering your water as beneficial bacteria.

    Your next step is to wait until your ammonia and nitrites drops to 0ppm, leaving you with a good amount of nitrates. It's possible the decay in your tank is creating a lot more ammonia and nitrites in your tank, than your tests are showing, due to your plant's intake of nutrients, so you might have a while to go.
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    That's my tap water...showing nitrate?
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    Yeah I was going to silent cycle but what I read put me off :/

    Didn't really want to add ammonia and I haven't up to now. Will I have to add to complete?

    Appreciate the help
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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinVA View Post
    It looks like you have .25-.5 ammonia, 2-5ppm trites & 5ppm trates. Right?
    I agree with this. What you want to do now is wait. You need the ammonia to drop completely to 0ppm then add more. Can you find ammonia where you live or do you have to rely on flakes or shrimp to get the
    ammonia needed to cycle the tank?
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    Hi mommy ^^

    I received a suitable ammonia product today in the post. Hence the delay :/
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