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    Quote Originally Posted by ippielb
    Bought ammonia, got impatient, here's my stats.

    Ammonia 5.0
    Nitrite 0.8
    Nitrate 20

    Could these readings be from the ammonia i just added?
    Here's my $0.02 of what I think is going on:

    Have you tested your tape water ? Dose your well water have any nitrate in it? It might boe worth while to test and find out.

    The reason why I ask is that these readings almost look like you are getting close to being cycled. If there are no nitrates in your water, I would say it looks like your Nitrites are on the way out and nitrates are going up. In that case I would cut back on the ammonia to about 1ppm until you have 0 nitrites. Then your ready for a 50% water changes and fish. Based on the used filter media you added to the tank, this is likely the case.

    If you do have a high amount of nitrate (close to 20ppm) in your water supply then stay the course and carefully watch your nitrite levels. If they go up, the nitrate reading would be from the orginal water you put in the tank and not the nitrogen cycle. Keep watching until you see the nitrites going down then cut back the ammoina to 1ppm unitl the nitrite is 0

    I hope this helps
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
    "Not using a quarantine tank is like playing Russian roulette. Nobody wins the game, some people just get to play longer than others." - Anthony Calfo
    Fishless Cycle Cycling with Fish Marine Aquarium Info [URL="http://saltwater.aquaticcommunity.com/"]

  2. #12

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    I forgot to mention:

    Excellent choice on going with a fishless cycle. I know you hard your hart set on cycling with fish so you could set up the tank quicker.

    It's a lot of extra waiting but your fish will thank you.
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
    "Not using a quarantine tank is like playing Russian roulette. Nobody wins the game, some people just get to play longer than others." - Anthony Calfo
    Fishless Cycle Cycling with Fish Marine Aquarium Info [URL="http://saltwater.aquaticcommunity.com/"]

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    Yes, i've tested my water before, and it's 0.6 ammonia, 0 nitrites, and 0 nitrates. Yesterday, i didn't really test my water before putting the ammonia in, every day i was testing my water, and the water would test 0.6 ammonia, it would never go up, nor down. So i was just thinking that my water hasn't even begun the cycle. I was only testing the ammonia for the past couple days because i would expect the ammonia to go up, then i would start testing for the nitrites, so maybe since i was using fish food it slowly created ammonia, enough for the nitrites to use it.

  4. #14

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    Quote Originally Posted by ippielb
    Yes, i've tested my water before, and it's 0.6 ammonia, 0 nitrites, and 0 nitrates. Yesterday, i didn't really test my water before putting the ammonia in, every day i was testing my water, and the water would test 0.6 ammonia, it would never go up, nor down. So i was just thinking that my water hasn't even begun the cycle. I was only testing the ammonia for the past couple days because i would expect the ammonia to go up, then i would start testing for the nitrites, so maybe since i was using fish food it slowly created ammonia, enough for the nitrites to use it.

    It can take a little longer when your using fish food.

    Keep testing the water daily for the next 4 or 5 days to see what happens with your all of your levels and you'll be able to see were you are in the cycle.
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
    "Not using a quarantine tank is like playing Russian roulette. Nobody wins the game, some people just get to play longer than others." - Anthony Calfo
    Fishless Cycle Cycling with Fish Marine Aquarium Info [URL="http://saltwater.aquaticcommunity.com/"]

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