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Old 07-17-2012, 12:24 AM   #1
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75 gallon Cycling Question

It appears my 75 gallon tank is cycled.

I knew I was getting close with high Nitrites and Nitrates. Did a water change to get the Nitrites to a readable level. Went every other day to add ammonia to 5ppm. Then this last Saturday I added my Ammonia in the afternoon. I checked my levels (Nitrite and Ammonia) 12 hours later my Nitrites were very high Ammonia had gone from 5ppm to around 1 ppm) by 24 hours they were both 0.

I take this as I am cycled. Now here is my main question, I can't stock this tank until this weekend so should I just go every other day adding ammonia to 5ppm and then do my last water change before the fish arrive so it is ready to go?

Thanks. I want to know how to keep my tank cycled for a week before I get the fish...
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Old 07-17-2012, 12:42 AM   #2
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Yeah just keep dosing with ammonia and you'll be fine
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Old 07-17-2012, 09:14 AM   #3
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Yep, continue dosing ammonia daily until the day before you plan on getting fish. As long as your tank can steadily zero out the ammonia in 24hrs for a few days straight, its safe to say your cycled. Just make sure you do atleast 100% wc (or two) to drop your nitrates down to your tap level & skip the ammonia to prep your tank the day before getting fish. If your temp is cranked up, start dropping this by a degree or two each day until its at the temp you plan on keeping your fish.
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