Originally Posted by rubikcube
I've never heard of excess ammonia inhibiting a cycle either.
It's stated on just about every article I've ever read on "curring lr
" including the one on this site
"The reason I do the water changes is; the ammonia and nitrite levels in the curing vessel will rise high enough to kill, not only the organisms alive on the rock, the nitrifying bacteria that mineralize the ammonia and nitrite. The water changes keep the ammonia levels from going high enough to be toxic to the nitrifying bacteria
, with the added benefit of saving some of the life on the rock."
I agree that the point of LR
is to house the "live bacteria" but often it comes with "bonus" life and less nh3
versus more nh3
is always less stressful.
below 3 ppm
then I can understand the prolonged cycle time but if off the chart then lowering the nh3
slightly should not affect total cycle time IMO