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Old 05-17-2019, 06:50 AM   #11
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Just checked my PH and Nitrites this morning, PH dropped to 6.4 and Nitrites still at 2.0ppm. I'll check everything else later today.

Should I do a water change?
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Old 05-17-2019, 12:24 PM   #12
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Yes I would do a water change. PH crashes can stall a cycle.
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Old 05-17-2019, 12:40 PM   #13
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Here is where the tank is as of now.

https://imgur.com/SiGzCfm
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Old 05-25-2019, 12:36 PM   #14
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Update: Ammonia has been converting to 0ppm. PH has been between 6.4 and 7.2. NitrAtes have been between 10 and 20ppm. However, NitrItes will never go below 0.25 and go as high as 2ppm. Nothing else changes besides when I dose ammonia.

Today I did a 15% water change to see if that would help any, nothing yet after a 2 hour check.

I do have some rocks my son gathered and cleaned with hot boiling water before adding to tank, not sure if this is an issue. Everything else is decorations and fake plants.
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Old 05-25-2019, 12:47 PM   #15
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How fast is ammonia being converted and how fast are the nitrites dropping? You've been cycling for an awfully long time now.
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Ammonia is being converted in 24 hours. NitrItes were at 2ppm for a while, and then around 0.50 and 0.25. For 3 weeks though they haven't gone below 0.25-1ppm. NitrAtes peaked at well over 80ppm 3 to 4 weeks ago, and have been stable 10-20ppm for these 3 weeks. I just can't seem to get NitrItes to 0.

The test says to let sit for 5 mins, a few times it will turn light blue right at 5 mins or a bit longer. When the drops are added it's purple though.
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That's weird. Is there any way you can use a different test kit just to make sure you haven't got a bad kit?
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Old 05-25-2019, 02:56 PM   #18
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I don't have another one, but it's the same one I've been using all along (API Master, Exp: 01/2024). I tested my tap water and that's 0ppm (light blue from drop in to 5 mins).

Just tested again, drop in = 2ppm, 5 mins = 0.50. This was after the 15% water change earlier today (6 hours ago).
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I think this is a common problem when doing a Fishless cycle with bottled ammonia. I'm finding this out myself with similar issues right now. I had much more consistent and faster cycles with fish in.
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Old 05-27-2019, 08:06 AM   #20
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I'm lost at what to do. Did another water change yesterday, 50% and added 2ppm ammonia. Today, PH = 7.4, Amm = 0, NitrIte - 1ppm, and NitrAtes = 10-20ppm.

Edit: Here is a picture of the tank. Note, rocks to the left and right of the treasure chest are real rocks that were cleaned with boiling water.

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