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Old 08-02-2012, 03:41 PM   #11
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So a week ago this past Sunday I did as close to a 100% water change as I could. I removed all the rock and rinsed it and I cleaned the sand bed. I put in an uncooked jumbo shrimp and let it rot. Sunday the ammonia level topped at 4ppm. Monday it had gone down to 2ppm and has stayed at 2ppm since. I removed the shrimp a couple of days ago and purchased some ammonia to use, cause really the shrimp was pretty nasty. Yesterday I turned the heater up as high as it would go which translates to 78-80 in the tank.

Should I add more ammonia?

Current readings are:
Ammonia : 2ppm
Nitrite : 1.5 - 2 ppm
Nitrate : > 100 ppm
Ph : 7.6

It seems the ammonia should have continued it's decline to 0. The nitrite peaked at about 3-4ppm and went down to 1.5-2ppm at about the same time the ammonia went down. It's been a very long time since I have cycled a tank and this one seems to be breaking the rules.
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Old 08-02-2012, 04:09 PM   #12
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You could do either. I like to keep redosing up to 4ppm daily myself. That way it is a consistant level of ammonia like if you have a steady stock of fish putting out the same amount of waste everyday. When the tank is cycled you will see the ammonia and nitrite go down to 0ppm in 24 hours. Your nitrate will be sky high. Then you do as many water changes as it takes to get the nitrates down to 10 or less and you are done!
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Old 08-02-2012, 04:28 PM   #13
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Thanks, I'll bump it back to 4ppm and see what happens.
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Old 08-03-2012, 12:31 PM   #14
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I dosed the ammonia to just above 4ppm yesterday, and today it's back to 2ppm. Dosed the ammonia back to 4ppm and will test again this evening, for all the levels.
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Old 08-03-2012, 07:16 PM   #15
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Try using some nutrafin cycle
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Old 08-04-2012, 06:39 AM   #16
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And now we have a bacterial bloom, woohoo.
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Old 08-04-2012, 08:33 PM   #17
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Still a little cloudy but:

Ammonia 1ppm
Nitrite 1.5 - 2ppm
Nitrate > 100ppm
Ph 8.1

In addition when I got home from the zoo today....there was a tiny stomatella snail sliding across the glass.
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