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  1. #1

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    I unfortunately am going through a cycle with fish, if you want a back story, here it is: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=93264

    I'm now wondering how my cycle is going.

    I just tested.
    Ammonia: 0.25
    Nitrite:0
    Nitrate: 5.0-10.0

    Does this sound about right? test done with API Master Kit.
    3 Gallon Planted Betta Tank
    4 gallon planted Aqueon Evolve Dwarf Puffer Tank

  2. #2

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    It appears to be getting on but until nitrites appear and then disappear, you still have a ways to go. Since this is a fish based cycle, no idea if the ammonia level means your filter is still in its earily stage in the cycle or getting mature. When nitrites appear and then fall to zero, then you will be nearly done. Watch for them.
    Knowledge is fun(damental)

    A 75 gal with eight Discus, fake plants, and a lot of wood also with sand substrate. Clean up crew is down to just two Sterba's Corys. Filters: continuous new water flow; canister w/UV, in-tank algae scrubber!! Finally, junked the nitrate removal unit from hell.

    For Fishless cycling:http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ead.php?t=5640

  3. #3

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cermet
    It appears to be getting on but until nitrites appear and then disappear, you still have a ways to go. Since this is a fish based cycle, no idea if the ammonia level means your filter is still in its earily stage in the cycle or getting mature. When nitrites appear and then fall to zero, then you will be nearly done. Watch for them.
    Woops sorry, I should have mentioned that my Nitrtites did go up to 1.0 at one point and dropped.
    3 Gallon Planted Betta Tank
    4 gallon planted Aqueon Evolve Dwarf Puffer Tank

  4. #4

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    Not cycled with ammonia or nitrites. Add no more fish until both are 0 and then only a small amount again.

  5. #5

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    You can also speed up the cycle a little, if you raise the temp to the maximum - or closer to the maximum of whatever your fish can handle. For instance, if the fishes ideal temp is 72 - 82F (22 - 27C), and you have the temp at 74, gradually raise the temp to around 80 or 81. Plus you can add a little extra oxygen via an airstone, if you are able. The bacteria that grows during a cycle, thrives on oxygen, and enjoys a little extra warmth.
    Three-fourths of the Earth's surface is water, and one-fourth is land. It is quite clear that the good Lord intended us to spend triple the amount of time fishing as taking care of the lawn. ~Chuck Clark

  6. #6

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    Well, you are getting close - when the ammonia level is always zero, then you will be done. As Lady Hobbs says, no more fish until the cycle is complete. Then, of course, add only a few new fish and wait one to two weeks for the bacteria to catch up. Measure the ammonia/nitrite levels after adding the fish and take actions until these drop and stay at zero. best of luck!
    Knowledge is fun(damental)

    A 75 gal with eight Discus, fake plants, and a lot of wood also with sand substrate. Clean up crew is down to just two Sterba's Corys. Filters: continuous new water flow; canister w/UV, in-tank algae scrubber!! Finally, junked the nitrate removal unit from hell.

    For Fishless cycling:http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ead.php?t=5640

  7. #7

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    Oh no more fish will be going in. I just have a Betta in there and am basically starting over since the tank became "uncycled".

    Should I do a water change to bring the ammonia down? The water temp is set at 80 right now. Maybe I'll raise it to 82.

    Thank you guys!
    3 Gallon Planted Betta Tank
    4 gallon planted Aqueon Evolve Dwarf Puffer Tank

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