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Old 10-17-2011, 01:02 PM   #31
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Shouldn't it become trites not trates
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Old 10-17-2011, 01:23 PM   #32
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if my tank is already cycled, will it still take weeks?
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Old 10-17-2011, 01:42 PM   #33
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is there anyway to find out if i am cycled without dosing with ammonia and delaying the process up to two weeks?
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Old 10-17-2011, 01:44 PM   #34
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say the tank IS cycled and i had ammonia, how long til i can add fish?
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Old 10-17-2011, 02:01 PM   #35
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When youre sure its cycled, you can ad fish whenever you want.
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if my tank is cycled and i put in mmonia will it still take weeks?
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Old 10-17-2011, 02:12 PM   #37
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No, the ammonia will tell you IF it is cycled. If it is cycled, the ammonia will turn into Nitrite and then the Nitrite will turn into Nitrate all within 24 hours. If that doesn't happen, then the tank HAS NOT cycled and you may have a ways to go. The key is, can the bacteria convert the ammonia (4 ppm) all the way to nitrate in 24 hours.
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oh ok, if my tank is cycled it will only take a day and if not good thing we tested
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Exactly, so hopefuly itll only put the addition back a day, but if ammo shows up those clowns should still be on the waiting list
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Exactly. Now you got it. We all want you tank to be cycled so you can add the fish you so desperately want. We just don't want you to lose those fish. Run the test, if it ends up like I described you are good to go. JUST GO SLOW. Start with the two clowns and a few snails and hermit crab. Then give it at least a week maybe two and another fish. Doing this helps the bacteria grow so it catches up to the bioload (the ammonia from fish waste) that is produced by more fish.
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