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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?
    When I go fishing I just place a sharp rock in the water and sit there waiting for all the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
    Brutal honesty will be shown on this screen.
    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
    Tolerance is a great thing to have, so is the ability to shut up.

    I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.


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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.
    When I go fishing I just place a sharp rock in the water and sit there waiting for all the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
    Brutal honesty will be shown on this screen.
    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
    Tolerance is a great thing to have, so is the ability to shut up.

    I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.


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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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