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    Tested the water today:
    Ph : 6.6
    Ammonia : 0.25
    Nitrite : 0
    Nitrate : 0

    Ohh no... did I kill my cycle?!?! Hrmm or is the plant load heavy enough to eat all of the nitrogen? Hrmm (water change day is in 2 days so I am not concerned about the ammonia)

    Definitely had a cycle about a month ago (when I last tested I had 5ppm nitrates)

    Size 10g

    Tank is kept around 75-80 we have been having cold swings and sometimes the heater takes a tick to warm the water up.

    Water changes are weekly about 50%

    Over filtered with sponge filters.

    The things that have changed since he last time I tested:

    Added a large amount of plants
    And started dosing excel, flourish and some iron and potassium ty seachem.
    Also increased the time lights were on from 4h per day to about 6h.

    Here are some photos:

    Before

    Now (the Dwarf hair grass didn't do so well haha should have done more research)


    Thank you!!!

    Edit: the tank has been running for just about a month. However cycled media was used to seed the tank. API quick start was also used with every water change.
    Last edited by CaptainByMoonlight; 04-19-2017 at 02:45 AM.
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    I don't think you killed your cycle. It just changed. With your PH, that ammonia is practically ammonium. Plants will consume ammonium with no nitrate being created in the end process. Pothos will also consume nitrate pretty quickly. Just dose the tank with ammonia, and test 24 hours later. If no nitrate and very little ammonia shows up, you'll be fine.

    I'm assuming that you have 0ppm nitrates in tap? If so, see what happens if you only do a 25% water change for the next couple of weeks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocksor View Post
    I don't think you killed your cycle. It just changed. With your PH, that ammonia is practically ammonium. Plants will consume ammonium with no nitrate being created in the end process. Pothos will also consume nitrate pretty quickly. Just dose the tank with ammonia, and test 24 hours later. If no nitrate and very little ammonia shows up, you'll be fine.

    I'm assuming that you have 0ppm nitrates in tap? If so, see what happens if you only do a 25% water change for the next couple of weeks.
    The OP has a betta in the tank
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocksor View Post
    I don't think you killed your cycle. It just changed. With your PH, that ammonia is practically ammonium. Plants will consume ammonium with no nitrate being created in the end process. Pothos will also consume nitrate pretty quickly. Just dose the tank with ammonia, and test 24 hours later. If no nitrate and very little ammonia shows up, you'll be fine.

    I'm assuming that you have 0ppm nitrates in tap? If so, see what happens if you only do a 25% water change for the next couple of weeks.
    Ahh thank you that is very reassuring!
    Hrmm now I just need to pick up some ammonia? (Fingers crossed Amazon sells it!)

    And yes the tap has 0 nitrates.

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    The OP has a betta in the tank
    Ahh yes I should have mentioned that! Ty for adding it :)
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    Don't put ammonia in a tank with fish, lol...they make their own
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainByMoonlight View Post
    )Definitely had a cycle about a month ago (when I last tested I had 5ppm nitrates)
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    So your tank as been cycled only about a month plus you transported over to your new place right?

    If so it's likely just readjusting to the change so it should level out in a few days keep us posted and remember it's never to late or to early to do a water change so don't necessarily wait the 2 days :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slaphppy7 View Post
    Don't put ammonia in a tank with fish, lol...they make their own
    :0 indeed! *face palm* man haha i need more sleep!

    Quote Originally Posted by AmazonJoe View Post
    So your tank as been cycled only about a month plus you transported over to your new place right?

    If so it's likely just readjusting to the change so it should level out in a few days keep us posted and remember it's never to late or to early to do a water change so don't necessarily wait the 2 days :)
    Touché! Aaaaaaand the new python is supposed to arrive today ty Amazon prime so I might jump the gun on that haha!
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    Oh for sure then break in the new toy your going to be amazed how easy it's going to be

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    Quote Originally Posted by AmazonJoe View Post
    Oh for sure then break in the new toy your going to be amazed how easy it's going to be
    Never put the switch valve in the off position while refilling the tank. The water pressure from the faucet will cause your connection to the faucet to break. The switch valve is located near the output.

    Only use the switch valve while draining from the tank.

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