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Old 04-25-2019, 01:46 PM   #1
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Hi All! I've had my 190l set up going for about 2 weeks. Internal filter, sand, and live plants. I'm using the Dr Tim's ammonia method. Keeping ammonia 2pmm, Nitrite 0.25
Nitrates 0.
I haven't done a water change as there is conflicting advice online. Should I be doing water changes?
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Old 04-25-2019, 01:51 PM   #2
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Nope, do water changes to keep nitrites and nitrates lower while cycling. Dose ammonia back up after a water change to feed the cycle.
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Thanks ZxC. I will leave it for now.
And yes that's true
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You can bump up ammonia to 4 ppm. Some suggest it grows a larger BB colony.
On a Fishless cycle you don't really have to mess with the water much besides top offs from evap.
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I will test the water today with the API master kit. Then do just that. Having patience at this stage is very hard but key.
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On another note, the algae in my tank is getting a little worse everyday. On my sand, glass and on one plant. I have 3 plants. I have a few pebbles in there with a little algae build up. Should I leave it be?
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On another note, the algae in my tank is getting a little worse everyday. On my sand, glass and on one plant. I have 3 plants. I have a few pebbles in there with a little algae build up. Should I leave it be?
Drop lights to 4 hours per day while cycling. New tanks are very prone to algae.
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Ok. I was thinking of getting a snail but thought the cycling would harm it. Also I don't want eggs everywhere
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You'll kill a snail with the ammonia that high.

Dropping the lights like Z said should do it.
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I will leave on for 4 hours per day. Wish I'd of joined at the beginning of cycling. But I suppose, you live and you learn.lol
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