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Old 03-01-2012, 10:55 PM   #11
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Any detectable ammonia is toxic. you are still in your cycle.
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So what do you advise?
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Take the fish out and cycle the tank.
You have to add an ammonia source, and then wait for that to be changed to nitrite, and then nitrate, then do a water change to lower the nitrate, then add fish. This way is just torturing the fish.
Some folks add fish as an ammonia source, and hope for the best. I find this method a bit cruel.
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Take the fish out and cycle the tank.
You have to add an ammonia source, and then wait for that to be changed to nitrite, and then nitrate, then do a water change to lower the nitrate, then add fish. This way is just torturing the fish.
Some folks add fish as an ammonia source, and hope for the best. I find this method a bit cruel.

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It's not necessary to use fish anymore to cycle knowing what we do now. I concur with Mr X on this one. Get the fish out and cycle the tank THEN get your fish.
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Couldn't I do frequent water changes?
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Also, how long will the cycle take?
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Old 03-01-2012, 11:28 PM   #17
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The cycle time is usually varied depending on your situation, there really isn't a specific time set in stone.
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So how do I know the cycle is done?
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you will know when the cycle is done after you monitor the ammonia level, then you will get nitrites, then you will get nitrates and then you do a large waterchange. then you can test by introducing ammonia and seeing if it turns to zero within 24 hours then your cycle will be complete.
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If you do frequent water changes, you are interrupting the cycle. It's best to remove the fish. What fish did you buy?
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