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Old 07-11-2006, 03:53 PM   #11
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You can turn up the temp a bit. I had mine in the low 80's when I was doing my fishless cycle, not sure if it helped or not but the whole thing was done in just under a month.
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So far iv inly been cycling for 10 days tho have a feeling that nitrite going to take longer
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All you can do is wait. I would imagine you have another two weeks to go unless you find some seeded media from another healthy tank.
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Yeah, the nitrite stage seems to take forever. I just got in the habit of adding a few drops of ammonia every day and only testing for nitrites every 3-4 days. You'll know you're getting close when nitrite drops below 5.0 again (and the AP test kit doesn't turn purple the second the drops hit the water).
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well i add the ammonia seems like once a day next day its always 0ppm
But now my nitrite is about 5.0ppm this is fishless would it be ok to
just leave it as is and let the bacteria do its job?
would PWC help speed things up?
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I would just leave it alone at the moment and just keep testing. If the nitrites start getting over 6 ppm, I would change water or this cycle is going to take forever.
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Do really high nitrite levels inhibit growth? I never changed mine and I'm sure they were much much higher than that (test only goes to 5). My cycle ended in less than a month. I guess my reasoning was "more food for the bacteria to eat, therefore more bacteria will grow". I dropped from 5ppm nitrite to 0.25 ppm nitrite in 1 day (about 25 days into the cycle). I had a Nitrite consuming machine on my hands.
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Wow haha those where hungry little buggers
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