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    Its okay I appreciate your help! Its all I can think to do right now as I have had ammonia in it for about 2 months with no movement at all, hopefully the tear down will jump start something!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mommy1 View Post
    Your pH is a touch high for nitrosonomas and nitrobacter (nitrifying bacterias) to grow quickly. They will grow, but as you can see, very slowly. You can wait it out or you can get some RO water to mix in with the tank water. You will want enough RO water to bring the pH down to 7.5-7.8. Personally I would just wait it out. Messing with the pH isn't always a good thing.
    according to this study ammonia consuming nitrosonomas bacteria are optimal at ph 8.1. A ph of 8.2 is not far enough to stall the cycle.

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    I've read 8.0. His cycle is stalled, which article/study is right? There are many different bacteria called nitrosonomas, perhaps both are correct.

    MattE64, do you have an air stone running in the tank? If not it might be helpful to get one.
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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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    Two questions, which i have not been asked I believe.
    Firstly, have you dechlorinated your water? Chlorine would kill of any bacteria in side the tank.
    Secondly, have you added ny Beneficial bacteria? By putting some in, then you will have some that can potntially start to consume ammonia and begin a colony.

    The first one is the most important one though.

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    I am not running an airstone no but I have an aquclear 50 on a 20 gallon which is pushing 200 GPH and I lowered the water level so the filter is causing lots of bubbles which I have been told is enough aeration.

    As to dechlorinating the water I added water to the tank then added 25 ml of nutrafin aqua plus tap water conditioner. After the water cycled for about half an hour to ensure the conditioner had done its job i added the seeding material

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    Hello all it has been 5 days since my tear down and rebuild, and the ammonia has not moved I just wanted to check to see if this is normal or if I should have seen some movement by now?

    Also I was thinking would hanging my new filter on my already established frog tank help to get some bacteria in the new filter? Or at this point should I give it another week to see if the nitrites will appear on their own?

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    So after being gone all weekend my readings are as follows:

    Ammonia: 0.5
    Nitrite: 0
    Nitrate: 5

    Is it possible that my tank just zipped through the nitrite portion while i was away this weekend? Also should I re dose with ammonia at this point?

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    I would re-dose so you get between 2ppm-4ppm ammonia. and watch for nitrites 8 hours later if possible.

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    I checked my parameters after getting home from work and they registered as such:

    Ammonia: ~2ppm
    Nitrite : ~.25ppm
    Nitrate : ~ 5ppm
    pH : 8.3

    It appears the rebuild works and my cycle is on its way!

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