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    I've been doing the fishless cycle for about 5 weeks and I'm confused with my test results here on week 5.

    Ammonia 4.0ppm
    Nitrite 0.75ppm (between 1.0 and .50ppm colors)
    Nitrate 2.5ppm (between 0 and 5.0ppm colors)
    PH Level 7.4 (between 7.2 and 7.6)

    These don't seem right to me.

    -Nitrite that high when my levels of Ammonia at 4.0?

    -Nitrate levels registering already with Ammonia and Nitrite at those levels?

    *All tests were done with the API Freshwater Master Testing kit

    Any info or help would be appreciated. I was hoping to have some fish in here within the next week or so according to the 6week estimate everyone gives to complete a fishless cycle.

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    how long has your ammo been at that level? has it ever dropped
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    Quote Originally Posted by bushwhacker
    how long has your ammo been at that level? has it ever dropped
    Within 5 weeks it went from 5.0 to 4.0

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    Looks to me as something has slowed the process down. Have you done any cleaning or changed your filter pad? Your levels are fine, really, but for some reason, it's taken you a long time to get here. Add no more ammonia now that you have nitrites until it drops and then add only enough to bring it back to 2 until you have 0 nitrites.

    Is your tank heated? Turn those temps up, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Hobbs
    Looks to me as something has slowed the process down. Have you done any cleaning or changed your filter pad? Your levels are fine, really, but for some reason, it's taken you a long time to get here. Add no more ammonia now that you have nitrites until it drops and then add only enough to bring it back to 2 until you have 0 nitrites.

    Is your tank heated? Turn those temps up, too.
    Have not done any cleaning and I have not changed anything.

    I havent added ammonia since I started the tank because its been so high all this time.

    Tank is heated and stays 76-78 degrees ALL the time.

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    Up it to 84 degrees and a airstone or two if you haven't already.

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    will the cycle keep going if the tempratures are lowerd down to 72?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Hobbs
    Looks to me as something has slowed the process down. Have you done any cleaning or changed your filter pad? Your levels are fine, really, but for some reason, it's taken you a long time to get here. Add no more ammonia now that you have nitrites until it drops and then add only enough to bring it back to 2 until you have 0 nitrites.

    Is your tank heated? Turn those temps up, too.
    agreed,
    definitely turn the heat up to 80+
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    Five weeks and the ammonia is doing nothing? Is your water dechlorinated?

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