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Old 08-07-2011, 08:05 AM   #11
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right so my tank is comming to the end of the cycle.. my anomia is at 0 my nitrite is around 4ppm and nitrate is way up at around 140ppm.. will the nitrite just fall on its own
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Once you read 0 ammonia 0 nitrite and only nitrate, then do a 50% water change to bring it down. Some of them will be consumed by the cheato. Make sure to keep lights off during the peak of nitrates. Algae feed off of them and you don't want a bloom in the display tank.
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Old 08-07-2011, 12:22 PM   #13
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I dissagree about not doing a water change. If you keep your ammo added then even at 99% water change, you'd be fine because ammo will be converted. Those chems. All they do is add a bacteria that outcompetes the benificial bacteria. Once that dies off, your left with nothing. Keep your levels as low as possible, and don't be afraid to do a water change, it will only do good
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When the bacteria that eats trites grows to a full, healthy colony, then they will drop your should be there any time now
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By doing a water change, before you build a healthy colony of bacteria, you take away the nutrients the bacteria needs to flourish and grow. Thus stalling the cycle. If you don't do a water change, the bacteria will feed on those nutrients, growing in numbers. The only time you do a water change is once the cycle is complete...only reading nitrates.
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If I understand correctly, you're saying to do a water change and then add more ammonia...the same thing you're taking out by doing a water change....so why change the water? Sounds ridiculous to me. If cycled 4 tanks by not doing PWCs. Most were less than a month.
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Gotta agree with Sergie,doing water changes below you reach the point of only having nitrate readings will only slow your cycle.
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