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Old 02-27-2014, 01:58 PM   #1
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Cycling Question

I have had my tank running for about 3 weeks. The tank had been out of service for 2-3 months when i picked it up. I used the old filters one being a dual bio-wheel and the other a canister. I did not replace the bio-wheels but put in new floss. I used the old filter media for the canister as well. From my reading, the bacteria cannot survive out of water for 2-3 months. I also purchased some Texas Holey Rock which was in the water up until I bought it, but was left in the car (out of water) overnight before putting it in my tank. Now for the measured levels which I did twice today. The Nitrite level is 2-5 PPM (the purple is hard to distinguish) and the Nitrate level is 5 ppm with the ammonia level at 0. I tested my tap water and both the Nitrite and Nitrate levels are 0. It tested the same levels a week ago. I haven't introduced any pure ammonia to start the cycle, but it appears to have started itself. Am I on my way or is something weird happening. Should I go ahead and introduce some pure ammonia. I believe I read it should be about 4 ppm. I do not have any fish in the tank. Please help a newbie out!



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Old 02-27-2014, 05:34 PM   #2
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Hi there,

There won't be any way to determine cycling without adding the pure ammonia. Adding that should definitely be your next step.

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