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Old 08-07-2011, 05:47 PM   #11
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i was told i need to wait till the cycle has finished before i do wc.
is the cycle over once the amonia and nitrite reach 0
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i was told not to do a wc untill it had finished cycling. it has finished its cycle once the amonia and nitrite reaches 0 right
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Old 08-07-2011, 05:53 PM   #13
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Nitrates are the last step in cycle. And you high nitrate reading is probably why you have the brown slime.
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but the nitrite is still high to dose this mean its still cycling
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Old 08-07-2011, 06:01 PM   #15
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i was told i need to wait till the cycle has finished before i do wc.
is the cycle over once the amonia and nitrite reach 0
That is what I have been told as well. If it is diatom it will go away by it's-self. Diatom usually shows up at the end of your cycle from what I am told. The best wAy to see if you have cycled (from what I have read) is to add a few drops of PURE ammonia and see if the ammonia and nitrite levels jump but immediately come down. If so, do the water changes until the nitrate is below 20 at least. 0 is better. Do 10% at a time. Good luck. You are just about there.
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do u mean add the amonia and right away test the water. and when you say immediately go down what time scale are you talking about
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What were you going to dose?
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i ment does.............................................
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right let me get this right once and for all while the system is cycling the amonia will rise level out then fall to 0 right.also the nitrite will rise then fall to 0 right. then the nitrate will settle (what level is acceptable) and the bacteria turns the amonia into nitrite then into nitrate. and the only way to get nitrate away is to do a pwc am i right
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do u mean add the amonia and right away test the water. and when you say immediately go down what time scale are you talking about
I would give it an hour and check ammonia which should read very high. If in a couple hours ammonia is coming down but nitrite is high that would be a good sign. If in 24 hours ammonia and nitrite are 0 but nitrite is through the roof you have a good colony of BB that can handle a couple fish. Do the 10% water changes to get nitrate down below 20 and add one or two fish. Keep checking the water. You will most likely see nitrate rising but ammonia and nitrite staying at 0. That means the BB are doing there job. Give them a week or so to multiply before adding any more fish.

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