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Old 08-14-2012, 01:43 PM   #11
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Ammonia still .5, nitrites still 1ppm and ph is 7.8-8.0
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After 3 months I can't see the cycle not beingdone. Do a water change, check levels, and if all well add a fish.
I have done 3 10 gallon water changes over the last three days (20 gallon tank). Ammonia is still at .5ppm, nitrite has gone down to .5 and nitrates are now about 180ppm which means after 3 50% water changes they started at 1440ppm. That's a lot of nitrate.

My plan is to continue the water changes daily (today I'm going to attempt to clean the sand bed in the hob refugium and remove the rocks and vacuum under and behind) until the nitrates are very low.

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Are you using tap water?
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Are you using tap water?
Nope, I use RO/DI water. I started the tank with distilled, then go a week or two I used the water from the culigan station at Walmart, and after doing the math, bought a new RO/DI with booster pump.
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And we've tested the culigan station water?
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And we've tested the culigan station water?
When I used it I did, TDS was about 7ppm, the freshwater tested 0 for ammonia, after mixing to 35ppt it tested ammonia 2ppm, nitrite 0, nitrate 0 and ph 8.4 (red sea coral pro salt).
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Here is another curious fact, I have always run my actinics during the cycle, and while I have expected a hair algae outbreak, I have seen a couple of days worth of diatoms, and new coralline algae growth. I have one rock that had 0 coralline algae on it and now there are several spots of pink/purple coralline growth.
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Well, I'd say you're cycled and just have a bad test kit at this point. Ammonia readings through all of this doesn't make sense?
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Well, I'd say you're cycled and just have a bad test kit at this point. Ammonia readings through all of this doesn't make sense?
I would agree, if it weren't for another test kit that agrees with it. I test with API for easy of use and time, but I also have an aquarium systems (instant ocean) master test kit as well, and they agree with each other. That's not to say both aren't faulty, but its unlikely. I am going to the LFS tomorrow and I'll take a water sample and see how it goes.
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