Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Freshwater > Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
Old 06-23-2014, 05:51 AM   #1
Aquarium Advice Newbie
Join Date: Jun 2014
Posts: 1
Cycling new tank - bit stuck!!

Hey folks,

I'm new here and am looking for a bit of advice re cycling my fishless tank.

I set up my 125 litre tank a couple of weeks ago and decided to do a fishless cycle as per the instructions on this site, which I must say are fab and very clear.

The (almost) Complete Guide and FAQ to Fishless Cycling

I set the tank up and seeded it with some media from an existing tank but it was a few days before my ammonia arrived. Anyway I've been following it to the letter but I've been at a point now for a while where my Nitrites are off the scale and my Nitrates are high (around 80ppm).

The problem is my Nitrites aren't coming down, I did a water change as per the guide and that brought them down to a readable level for a day but by the next day they went back up off the scale. Presumably because of me dosing 4ppm of Ammonia.

My question is, is this Ok? Do I carry on regardless and hope that one day the levels suddenly drop to zero overnight or should I be trying to bring my Nitrites down to a readable level.

I'm worried that I have stalled my cycle and don't want to carry on as is if that is the case. It may just be that I'm not at the point of Nitrites coming down yet and they may do in time but I don't want to spend weeks waiting if actually I have stalled it.

If anyone could advise that would be great.

This morning when I got up my Ammonia was at 1ppm so I have dosed it up a little bit, my Nitrites are off the chart and Nitrates at around 80ppm

Just not sure how best to proceed from here. The tank has been set up for about two weeks now.

alexpb22 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2014, 02:50 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
Fishperson's Avatar

POTM Champion
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Raleigh, NC
Posts: 3,357
Dose ammonia to only 1 ppm daily. Try that for awhile. If in 5 days the nitrites are still up do a water change and dose back to 2 ppm daily.

Sent from my iPod touch using Aquarium Advice
~ Alex
20 Gallon Shell Dweller Tank
"Stay fishy my friends."
Fishperson is offline   Reply With Quote

cycling, new tank, stuck, tan, tank

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Anemone stuck in power head. Not chomped up but stuck. Pic help Jonnypro Saltwater & Reef - Sick Fish or Coral 8 04-09-2014 06:16 PM
Ideas for new tank, bit of help needed please Darren86 Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 14 11-13-2012 05:37 AM
Cycling currently, need a bit of advice. N757QQ Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 4 07-24-2012 04:53 AM
So, I've read a bit about cycling. Where to get stuff? Jackiee Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 5 11-30-2005 06:41 PM
Brand new CO2 tank valve is stuck...? (emergency) cgcaver Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 1 06-09-2005 12:36 AM

» Photo Contest Winners

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:09 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.