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    I am still trying to figure out why you keep doing WCs in the middle of your cycling. Unless the ph drops significantly you do not mess with the water. You do not do HUGE WCs because of high nitrites levels. IMO, you are basically starting all over again because you didn't let the nitrites convert on their own. You just diluted the tank water. If I am wrong, someone please correct me.

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    +1 to the above.

    "Once you start to cycle (all methods) do no cleaning. Messing with your tank removes the bacteria and starts your cycle over again. This can not be stressed enough. Do not change the gravel, mess with the filters and play around with pH adjusters, etc. If you do, you will delay the cycling process. No water changes are needed doing the fishless cycle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slaphppy7 View Post
    +1 to the above.

    "Once you start to cycle (all methods) do no cleaning. Messing with your tank removes the bacteria and starts your cycle over again. This can not be stressed enough. Do not change the gravel, mess with the filters and play around with pH adjusters, etc. If you do, you will delay the cycling process. No water changes are needed doing the fishless cycle.
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    The bacteria that eat the Nitrite live deep in your media, and they colonize rather slowly. They also tend to not colonize unless there is a banquet of Nitrites. The best way to "speed the process" is to stop dosing Ammonia every day. Dose every other day. Don't stop dosing, just space it out some.

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