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Old 07-27-2012, 06:15 PM   #1
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Cyling levels so far

After 5 days of fishless cycling in a 5 gallon tank these are my levels. How does it look?

Ammonia 4.0
Nitrite 5.0
Nitrate 40PPM
PH 7.2
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Old 07-27-2012, 10:56 PM   #2
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Did you start with any cycled media? How does your tap water test for ammonia, nitrite & nitrate? What do you plan on stocking in this tank? Some more info will help!
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The only thing I added to the water when I started was Stresscoat. I added pure ammonia the first day to get it up to 4.0. on the 4th day i started to get readings on the nitrite test (my tank has been running at 82 degrees and I've added a few flakes of food the first 3 days to get the bacteria going.

I'm only going to have one Betta and a snail. I had originally wanted one Betta and 2 Platys, but everyone on the message boards was telling me this was too much.
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Thanks! Keep us posted on how things are progressing! Make sure you keep a daily watch on your ph for changes. Once your ammonia starts to noticeably drop (below 1ppm), only redose to @2-3- 4 is bit of an overkill for a betta & snails. Please ask if you have any questions!
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Sorry to be a bother, but someone else on these boards said I shouldn't even worry about the PH till I'm ready to add fish. Also someone else said 4.0 is too much ammonia for a 5 gallon tank and that I should get it down to 1.0. Should I do a large water change 50% to get it down? Or will it go down by itself during the cycle?
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Old 07-28-2012, 12:24 PM   #6
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The ph level for your fish is not a big concern. During the cycling process, it IS a big concern. If it drops into the low 6's, your cycle will slow. Once it hits 6 (or lower), your cycle will stall altogether. This is why its important to monitor your ph during cycling. I agree 4 is overkill for a small tank- thats why I asked what you were stocking with. You can either leave the 4 as it is & wait for it to drop on its own or you can do a 50% water change with temperature matched, properly conditioned water to drop it down to 2ppm. 2ppm of ammonia is a good level to aim for this tank & what you plan on keeping.
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