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Thread: Really ???

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    First post here, so be gentle.

    A question about cycling. Is it possible to have nitrites start falling one week after first seeing them. I had just a trace on 8/11. On 8/14 they seemed to be between 2 and 5 (This is when I started dosing half the initial dose) . On the 15th and 16th they were at 5 or above. And this evening I got 2. I tested twice because I didn't believe it.

    Should I continue to dose to 2 ppm until nitrites are at zero the next day? It's a 75g tank without fish.

    Thank you in advance for any advice you can offer.

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    Every cycle is different. Sometimes the nitrites spike and fall quickly and sometimes they take their sweet time. As long as you keep dosing ammonia and everything keeps progressing I wouldn't worry about it. Are you showing any nitrates?
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    Yes, Nitrates are around 80. They could be higher, it's a very bright red.

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    Good. The nitrates will be high because you are processing the nitrites so quickly. As long as there are no fish in the tank it is nothing to worry about. Like I said before, as long as they are there, and being processed, the cycle is progressing.
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    i agree. time is of the essence. nitrates can peak quite high.... all par for the course

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    Sounds about right to me and just about a perfect cycle time wise.

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    You luck dog you still waiting for mine to drop but the ammonia is gone fast after I redose so it is chugging along just taking it's time.

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    Well... It turns out that "Really ???" is a good title for this thread. I tested this evening and the nitrites are at 0. Unfortunately, the ammonia is at 1 (tested twice) after dropping to 0 for the last few days.

    Any ideas why this might be? Nothing has changed. I added the same amount of ammonia, temp hasn't changed. The only thing that I can think of are the three plants in the tank do look at a little more yellow then they have. They are still in their rock wool and plastic pots. Maybe they started decomposing and are causing the ammonia to rise.

    I knew it was too good to be true. I guess we're back to the wait and see phase. Thank you all for the encouragement yesterday.

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    I think that I may have figured out what the problem is. After three days of the ammonia holding steady at 1 ppm I checked the ph. It was at 6. I did a large WC which brought the ph back up to 7.6 (where it started). The ammonia is now at .5 ppm.

    What does a ph of 6 do to the bacteria. Could any of it have survived or am I starting over?

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    A low pH will slow it down. but if I'm remembering correctly here, it would take a pH of 5 or lower to kill off the bacteria

    I'm not 100% sure I'm remembering the exact level correctly tho
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