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Old 05-26-2011, 08:03 PM   #71
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Patience is a virtue.....why did you want to rush into the cycle?? You need that time to develop your biological natural filtration.........at the end you will get paid with your equilibrated system!!! That is priceless......for other hobbies use master card!!!! LOL.....
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Old 05-26-2011, 08:31 PM   #72
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Patience is a virtue.....why did you want to rush into the cycle?? You need that time to develop your biological natural filtration.........at the end you will get paid with your equilibrated system!!! That is priceless......for other hobbies use master card!!!! LOL.....
I like it.. should be for anything else buy a betta.
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Old 05-26-2011, 11:40 PM   #73
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how did your nitrate went from 160ppm one day to 10ppm the next day?
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Old 05-27-2011, 12:27 AM   #74
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Purigen and chemi-pure... They work marvels. All I had to do was drop them into my media basket.
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Old 05-27-2011, 02:11 AM   #75
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Id you use chemicals to lock up nitrite and ammo your not adding beneficialbacteria. The bacteria will do that and your not allowing them their food by using that stuff. It takes time but itll be worth it or youll have to add that stuff everyday to keep normal levels.
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Old 05-27-2011, 10:07 AM   #76
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No the nitrite dropped on its own, my nitrate was sky high and I had to tame it. All the nitrite had already been processed but I had nothing to take care of the nitrate.
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You tame nitrate with a pwc
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Old 05-27-2011, 02:32 PM   #78
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You tame nitrate with a pwc
Yep NitrAtes are the end result. If you have plants they may consume some nitrates but all you have to do is a pwc to lower them by however percent to keep them under 40. Under 20 is bettter.
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Old 05-27-2011, 04:36 PM   #79
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I dunno how the chemi pure and purigen pulled your nitrates down so fast... Ive had my tank up and running for about 5 weeks. Added shrimp 4 weeks ago had two mini cycles and my nitrates were super high , did a 40% water change brought them down some , but still around 60 -80 and I added chemi pure, rowa phos and pura complete and none of those did anything for my nitrates. They did help phosphates though. Also my ammonia and nitrites were at 0 before I added the chemicals.

Just be careful not to move to quickly. I still have a week or two of doing water changes before I get to add a fish. Its a long process. That makes for 6-7 weeks of cycling for me.
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IMO y'all do not need those chemicals, just PWCs
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