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Old 03-04-2012, 03:38 PM   #31
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Ammonia back down to 0

It's easily getting rid of 4ppm of ammonia in 24 hrs. I even want to say less than 24hrs.

Dosing back up to 4ppm and testing again tomorrow
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Old 03-04-2012, 04:34 PM   #32
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Everything is looking good so far. In response to your pH from earlier, I wouldn't worry about it, or even test it, until you are finished cycling. I wouldn't even bother testing nitrates until you are showing 0 nitrites. It'll save you some test liquid for the future. Other than that, looks just like my tests when I cycled. Keep us posted.
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Old 03-04-2012, 08:54 PM   #33
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^^ will do thanks!
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Old 03-06-2012, 04:18 PM   #34
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Nitrites are still high, same with nitrates. No/little change

Ammonia dropped from 4ppm down to 1ppm in 12 hrs.
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Old 03-07-2012, 08:23 PM   #35
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Opinions?

Ammonia is dropping like crazy, I have to test it atleast 2-3 times a day and dose it 2 times a day to ensure it stays at 4ppm.
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Old 03-07-2012, 09:39 PM   #36
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You're almost done bud
Those nitrites will suddenly drop real fast. Mine went from >5 to about .25 just about overnight. Then it lingered at about .25 for a couple of days.
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You are headed in the right direction. Now just wait for the nitrites to zero out and do a water change (or multiple) to get the nitrates down and you are good to go. As rdnelson said, dont worry about your ph, it will stabilize when the cycle is over.
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Old 03-07-2012, 11:33 PM   #38
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Great. Hopefully soon! I'll post more results in the next few days

I was going to change 90% of the water.

I just can't get impatient and do a pwc at .25 nitrites haha!
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Old 03-09-2012, 07:30 PM   #39
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Nitrites are still >5ppm

Ammonia is disappearing like mad, total of 8-10ppm a day. 4 every 8-12hrs will get back down close to 0

Should it be like this?
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Yes. Your ammonia converting bacteria colony is super high right now and your nitrite eating bacteria hasn't caught up - only building your nitrites higher.

You could do a PWC to get it down to acceptable levels so you can read on the chart.

I wouldn't do more than dosing it to 4ppm once per day.
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