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    Hello all,

    I have been cycling a FW five gallon tank with one male betta in it for over one month now. As of today, my water parameters are ammonia 0-0.25 ppm, nitrites are zero and nitrates are between 40-80 ppm. I am using the API Master Test Kit. I am finding it difficult to tell the exact amount of ammonia as the ammonia in the test tube has a slight greenish tinge and the nitrate orange color doesn't fit nicely in the 40 or 80 ppm color chart. I do know that the nitrites are definitely zero. From previous experience with cycling, I know that when the ammonia and nitrites drop to zero and the nitrates start to "skyrocket", that you do a large water change and then the cycle is considered complete. I cannot figure out why the ammonia has a slight green tinge because if the nitrites are zero, the ammonia should be too. I don't know if its just the colors on the API chart that are inexact or what. With nitrites at zero and ammonia being so close to zero, I am thinking the cycle is complete. Advice please. Thank you.
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    I would definitely recommend a large water change to bring those nitrates down below 20 - two of them back to back if necessary. If you've been using the betta to cycle the tank, I assume you've been doing frequent water changes throughout the month? You may have just missed the nitrite spike somewhere along the line.

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    yeah for a fish in cycle, you need to keep the nitrates low, below 20ppm, through water changes. It is only during the fishless cycle, where you do not care about the nitrates.

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    It sounds like your tank is cycled, but there is too much ammonia being produced for the bacteria to completely keep up.

    Do a water change since you have a fish in there. 80ppm of KNO3 is ok for short term, but it's not advised to keep our animals in levels above 40ppm for long periods of time.

    Do a 50% water change and cut your feeding back to several pellets every other day and see if that takes care of your trace ammonia levels.



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    I have merged your two almost identical threads.
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    Thanks Slap, and sorry. I checked back on my first post and couldn't find it so I posted a second one.

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    No problem.
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