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    I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this thread if not sorry. Anyway, I have a 10gl tank that's been cycling for about 6 weeks (1 week with fish and 5 weeks fishless) I tested my water this morning at 3am when I got home from work and the result was

    Ammonia - 1.0ppm
    Nitrite - .25ppm

    My source of ammonia is fish food (TetraFin: Goldfish flakes) and I just recently bought clear ammonia from the $1 store. I tested my tank again before putting the clear ammonia and my result was

    Ammonia - .50ppm
    Nitrite - 0ppm

    My question is, should I continue putting fish food in my tank or switch with the clear ammonia or just leave it alone??

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    Quote Originally Posted by gRuNg3b0y
    I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this thread if not sorry. Anyway, I have a 10gl tank that's been cycling for about 6 weeks (1 week with fish and 5 weeks fishless) I tested my water this morning at 3am when I got home from work and the result was

    Ammonia - 1.0ppm
    Nitrite - .25ppm

    My source of ammonia is fish food (TetraFin: Goldfish flakes) and I just recently bought clear ammonia from the $1 store. I tested my tank again before putting the clear ammonia and my result was

    Ammonia - .50ppm
    Nitrite - 0ppm

    My question is, should I continue putting fish food in my tank or switch with the clear ammonia or just leave it alone??

    Thanks!!
    The latter. It takes time for the bacteria to grow and adapt to the ammonia surge from the metabolism of the fish taking in and digesting food. Constantly putting ammonia in every time you see a reading is short-circuting the cycle.
    Leave it alone for a week, then test it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave66
    The latter. It takes time for the bacteria to grow and adapt to the ammonia surge from the metabolism of the fish taking in and digesting food. Constantly putting ammonia in every time you see a reading is short-circuting the cycle.
    Leave it alone for a week, then test it.

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    Alright.. So I should just leave it alone for a week without adding ammonia in it??

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    Right in one :)

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    And do no cleaning or change the filter media. Those will set it back again.

    Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Hobbs
    And do no cleaning or change the filter media. Those will set it back again.

    Good luck.
    I'm suppose to change my activated carbon on Sunday, the 9th is that ok??

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    Hmm...don't think you actually need activated carbon unless you're removing meds from the water.
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    Some people prefer to always run carbon, but it's not neccesary really. Unless, as already stated, you're trying to remove a medication or impurity from the water. I run only the filter bag (slips into the cartridge on my hob) and sponge in my tanks without any carbon.

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    As stated above, no carbon is needed. You're just wasting it now so you may as well save it for removing meds.

    One of the nice things about using ammonia is you began the cycle immediately. Using food, you are waiting for it to rot and very slowly the ammonia is beginning to climb. You can cycle a tank with pure ammonia in about 12-14 days.

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