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Old 08-07-2019, 05:30 PM   #1
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Crazy parameters whilst cyclingóplease help!!

Iím at a complete loss and could really use some help.

Itís Day 7 of the fishless cycle on my heavily planted 5 gallon tank with Fluval Stratum substrate.

Iíve been dosing Dr Timís Ammonium Chloride to 2ppm and using Microbe-Lift Nite Out II.

I stopped dosing Dr Timís three days ago. Two days ago, my ammonia level stopped decreasing. However, my nitrites and nitrates are both high.
  • Iíve tested my waterís KH (1 degree) and GH (7 degrees).
  • Ammonia is still at 2ppm.
  • Nitrite is somewhere around 3.5 and 4ppm. It was at the same level yesterday.
  • Nitrate was 40ppm yesterday but looks like itís dropped back down 20ppm.

I stopped dosing Microbe-Lift Nite Out II two days ago.

How can nitrite be high if the ammonia isnít dropping? Iíd expected the plants to process some of the ammonia.

Should I forget the Microbe Lift Nite Out and stick some Tetra SafeStart in there instead? (After a water change?)

Or perhaps my low KH is affecting the process, and I should add baking soda or crushed coral to bring it up?

Most people seem to have no readings for ages when cyclingómine donít seem to want to go down!!

Either that or this is entirely normal and Iím annoying and impatient and should just leave it alone. Only problem is, I have a betta ordered from a breeder thatís due to arrive late next week.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Not sure what to do here!
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My simplistic solution, which works for me, is to just leave everything alone for a month or six weeks. No chemicals, no additives, no baking soda, nothing. It will cycle.
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Check out this article on fishless cycle.
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Sounds like you were in the middle of the cycle. How's it going now?
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The article referenced by 1midniterider will be the most help.

You need some source of ammonia to feed bacteria or they will not really grow. You need to feed them so they multiply to a degree which would be able to take care of your fish's poo and excess food waste.
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