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  1. Thumbs down I think it's stalled


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    I hate cycling. Hate it. IDK what is wrong, or if anything even is wrong. Anyway, I think it's stalled. It is a 55 gallon tank, with a marineland 350 magnum filter, a powerhead, and the heat is up to 82F. It is also somewhat planted. I seeded the filter with my 20gallon's sponge filter.

    On day 1, dosed the tank to 4ppm ammonia. Parameters as follows after that: 4ppm ammonia, 0ppm nitrites, negligible nitrates. pH 8.0

    Now it's day 10, and we are at 2ppm ammonia (steady drop), still 0 ppm nitrites, and 5ppm trates (unchanged from 2 days ago). pH is still 8.

    Could the plants be taking the ammonia? Why no nitrites yet? Is it just stalled/dead?

    I know Mandy K told me to wait, and wait I will. But, shouldn't SOMETHING be happening by now?

    Thanks. I am crabby. I hate this.

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    Your ammonia is dropping so I don't think the cycle is stalled. When you use seeded media it's not uncommon to not see nitrites.
    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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    would the plants be eating up the ammonia? It only has a few plants in it....not heavily planted by any means.

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    They will use up a bit, but not enough to matter. The ammonia is dropping and you have nitrates, the cycle is moving along. The bio-load of a 20g filter is not going to have enough bacteria in it to fully cycle a 55g that had 4ppm ammonia. As long as the ammonia is dropping and you have nitrates, I wouldn't worry.
    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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    Mommy1 is right. If you feel that you just NEED to do something to make yourself feel better, adding more biomedia to your filter or even another filter would be beneficial all around.

    That way you will have enough room for the bacteria to take care of that 4ppms of ammonia that was there.

    Other than that, don't do anything. Don't remove any media, don't clean, and don't freak out! :) You are doing great.

    As Mommy1 also said, you might not see Nitrites at all, and that isn't really a bbad thing. As long as you have some Nitrates in there, you know the cycle is being completed.
    130g: 6 Angelfish, 2 Roseline Sharks, 5 Kuhli Loaches, 1 Otocinslus, 1 Corydora
    I've noticed that people HATE it when you point out how stupid they are, so now I try to do it politely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MandyK

    As Mommy1 also said, you might not see Nitrites at all, and that isn't really a bbad thing. As long as you have some Nitrates in there, you know the cycle is being completed.
    So how will I know when it is done? Will nitrites eventually show up as nitrate climbs? I intend to keep the ammonia dose up to 2 once it gets to zero. Hmmm. an unconventional cycle makes me feel even dumber!

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    No two cycles are the same, no need to feel dumb just because you don't have nitrites.
    You will know the tank is cycled when you have readings of 0ppm ammonia and nitrite and some nitrate within 24 hours of the last time you added ammonia.
    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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    Wow. I guess you all are right...of course you are. In a bit more than 12hrs the ammonia dropped to about 1.5...that is not stalled....that is speeding up! Still no trites, and i would assume the ammonia eating and the trite eating bacteria are growing simultaneously, instead of the annomia eating ones then the trite eating ones. How fascinating! Thanks for your reassurances...i am simply a spaz.

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    Not a problem! This is probably the hardest part of the aquarium hobby. IMO at least.

    Look at it this way... if your Nitrites don't show up, you don't have to wait on them to go away again! That is a faster cycle. :)
    130g: 6 Angelfish, 2 Roseline Sharks, 5 Kuhli Loaches, 1 Otocinslus, 1 Corydora
    I've noticed that people HATE it when you point out how stupid they are, so now I try to do it politely.

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    You are simply an impatient first time cycler who is very eager to be done so you can get some fish! But, what you are doing is great - be proud you are waiting until your tank is ready for fish.
    46 gal fw tank with black skirt tetras, neon tetras, spotted corys, cherry barbs, otoclinus, snails & 4 amano shrimp - plastic & live plants
    5 gal QT
    Remember: Our job is to take care of the water our fish live in

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