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Old 05-22-2011, 03:55 PM   #41
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How long does it usually take for ammonia levels to drop?
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Old 05-23-2011, 06:20 AM   #42
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Itll take time for the bacteria to enter you system, each tank is different though so we cant give a time but for most its about a week before the tank is converting ammonia to nitrite. You have ( if it hasnt died) a small amount of the bacteria already so you will prob see a noticeable drop in a day or two.
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Old 05-23-2011, 08:26 PM   #43
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I just checked for nitrite and I'm getting a reading of 1ppm. However, my ammonia hasn't dropped yet; its still at 8ppm. is this ok?
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8ppm ammonia is quite high. If it doesn't drop in the next 3 days, I would do a PWC. The 1ppm of nitrite is a good sign since it means some ammonia is being converted to nitrite. I usually dose ammonia to about 4-5ppm only.
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Old 05-24-2011, 10:58 PM   #45
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Finally some sign of life! My ammonia is down to 2.0 and my nitrite is up to 5.0. Whats next? How long should I wait before I can do a water change and add my cuc?
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when ammonia and nitrite are both 0 and you have some nitrates your cycled
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Old 05-24-2011, 11:10 PM   #47
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Do I dont have to do a water change to get my levels to 0?
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Old 05-24-2011, 11:14 PM   #48
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nope, bacteria will convert all ammonia to nitrite. Then another set of bacteria will convert all the nitrite to nitrate. Thats why you wait til you have 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite, and some nitrate before you do PWC
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Old 05-24-2011, 11:30 PM   #49
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This is taking forever! So anxious!!!!
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Old 05-24-2011, 11:31 PM   #50
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lol yea i know it seems like it takes forever but its worth the wait
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