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Old 02-12-2012, 09:53 PM   #1
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Questioning my fishless cycle currently

46 gal bow front, 20 gal sump (2-3 inches live sand, live rock rubble)

Started cycle beginning of Jan with house hold ammonia.

Got there and the nitrites dropped, and so did nitrates a little. Torn on to keep adding ammonia or to do the 90% pwc for end of cycle

Nitrites dropped the next day or so and haven't seen nitrates this high since. (1 week) Added ammonia yesterday and went down with in 24hrs.

What would you guys suggest?
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Old 02-12-2012, 10:56 PM   #2
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Well nitrites have to be zero to finish a cycle. Wait it out and dose some more ammonia
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Old 02-13-2012, 08:31 AM   #3
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Well those results were a week ago. Nitrites are zero now.
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Old 02-13-2012, 08:48 AM   #4
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Ok so I think just dose ammonia again an if it's gone in 24hrs you should be good!
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Old 02-13-2012, 09:03 AM   #5
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Great!! I added some yesterday to be safe and keep bacteria alive so might be PWC time today and a trip to the lfs! Thank you!
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Old 02-13-2012, 10:29 AM   #6
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Dose today and post results in the morning. You need to have 0 ammonia, 0 nitrItes and you will have a ton of nitrAtes. Then big PWC to get the nitrAtes down and you are done!
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Old 02-13-2012, 11:01 AM   #7
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I dosed ammonia yesterday so I'll post results tonight when the 24 hr mark occurs.

I have never seen the nitrates get higher than the pic I posted. I will test water again now and show results (dosed ammonia at 5pm yesterday btw)
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Old 02-13-2012, 12:12 PM   #8
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This morning, added ammonia last night
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Old 02-13-2012, 01:50 PM   #9
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might want to add this as well...

i need to go away for work for 2-3 weeks, so i will be having a friend come over and keeping an eye on my tank (im leaving tomorrow)

what would be my best course of action?
-PWC and add 1-2 small fish for constant ammonia source.
- leave as is and have friend add ammonia ( might drop to 0 once in a while because the ammonia disappears so quickly now) and do PWC when i return from work
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Old 02-14-2012, 06:13 AM   #10
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Ok so I dosed up to 4-6ppm and added more fish food. I'm able to return to town Thursday so I hope that's enough ammonia for the next 3days.

I hope I have all nitrates when I return!

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