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    Okay, I have a 29g tank, brand new, that I set up and began cycling Jan. 11. The cycle went well - by the 23rd, ammonia was going from about 3ppm to 0ppm in at least 24 hours. Then I noticed the nitrites went to 6 or so and in only a couple of days went down to .75. (From what I've read, that's too quick for them to drop that low) I checked the Nitrate level and it was 10, and on the 27th, they dropped to 7 (aren't they suppose to be getting higher?). Today, the nitrites are, I think, below 0ppm (?) and ammonia is at about .50 and nitrates are at about 10 again.

    I'm adding just a little pure ammonia every morning and night (maybe half a cap full).
    Where is my cycle at and what should I do?

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    Drop your maintained ppm down to 2. After doing that, if your tank is eating all the ammonia in 12 hours or so with no trace of nitrites you are cycled. Add no ammonia for one whole day and add fish. Otherwise continue to do 2ppm

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    Okay. And also, is it normal for the nitrates to not get any higher? And if they never get above 10, should I still perform the big water change before adding fish?

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    Have you got any plants that could be "eating" the nitrates?
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    ^^^ Yup, sorry i forgot to mention it may be due to plants in the aquarium, algae does the same and of course, water changes.

    Yes still do a water change and its still important to perform water changes weekly even if you dont need to reduce the nitrates.

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    No, as a matter of fact, i don't have any live plants in it at all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JCgirl
    No, as a matter of fact, i don't have any live plants in it at all!
    how about algae? Using anything that might remove them? like nitrazorb or something?

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    Nope. Haven't had a problem with algae, so I haven't used anything like that either.

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    Hmmm. Well i would keep an eye on it. Its really not a problem, and was most likely a slight difference in the way you tested. After all, 3ppm difference on the nitrate card i probably couldnt even tell.

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    What water decholorinator did you use at set up? If any.
    Have you done a water change?
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