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Old 07-27-2012, 12:51 AM   #1
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High nitrites zero ammonia

My dt is cycled and I had my filter sponge sitting in a hob filter for about a week. I just set up my qt tank yesterday and moved the filter sponge. I used the 10g water change to full my qt. I added like two tiny pieces of flake to feed the cycle. Checked today and ammonia is at zero and nitrites appear to be 2-5ppm. I haven'tchecked my trates but this is an obvious sign that my qt didn't cycle instantly right?

After seeing such high trites I checked my dt and my parameters are prefect.

Dt is 30g, qt is 10g. I'm planning on picking up 2 clowns Sunday to put into the qt.

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Old 07-27-2012, 12:57 AM   #2
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Make sure they go down before adding anything. It has not cycled and usually will not instant cycle. The water doesn't really contain bacteria its the sand and live rock that dose, and the filter but it still may take time.
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Old 07-27-2012, 01:01 AM   #3
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I know the water doesn't contain bacteria but everything I read about setting up a qt says to use the water from your water change to fill it.

Using a filter sponge from a fully cycled tank should prevent my qt from cycling correct? I'm just wondering should I keep the sponge in my qt or move it back to the dt?
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Old 07-27-2012, 01:12 AM   #4
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How long had the sponge been on the Dt? Leave it on their it can only help unless it was only on the dt for like 5 days then it will do nothing.
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Old 07-27-2012, 01:15 AM   #5
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It was in the dt for like 5-7 days. I figured it would have gotten enough bb on it. Ill throw it back into the dt till Sunday
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Old 07-27-2012, 01:20 AM   #6
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It was in the dt for like 5-7 days. I figured it would have gotten enough bb on it. Ill throw it back into the dt till Sunday
Yeah I believe it usually take about a month to grow colonies in a filter. Take some live rock and sand from your dt and put it in the qt and that will def help if your cycled.
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Old 07-27-2012, 12:09 PM   #7
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Since I have nitrites that means I have some bb in the filter sponge but I guess the sponge bb doesn't have enough/all that it should and that's why it can't keep up. Which is weird because there is nothing in it
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Old 07-27-2012, 12:19 PM   #8
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Test the water you used to fill the tank. I bet its high in nitrite. Nitrite being present means the cycle has not yet started.
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Old 07-27-2012, 12:23 PM   #9
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Nitrite is a by product of the bb pooping the ammonia isn't it? After that the nitrate is a by product of the nitrite poop.

I checked my water in my dt and its perfect.
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Old 07-27-2012, 12:24 PM   #10
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Ill empty my qt and Ill do a 5g water change from my dt and then add 5g of fresh sw to the qt.
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