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Old 07-15-2011, 03:42 AM   #1
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my fishless cycle log 20 gallon

Well this is my first log ever. So i just wanted to keep a log so here goes. Also i only started this log after 3 weeks because a user wanted to see my readings because it might be a stalled tank so here are my readings. I will keep updating from days to come. Thanks for looking.

Day 1
Ammonia 0ppm
Nitrites 5+ppm
Nitrates 5-10ppm
Ph 7.2+
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Old 07-15-2011, 05:20 AM   #2
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If you ever think you're stalled a PWC could do the trick. What is your water temp and what kind of dechlorinator as you using? I would redose the ammonia to 4ppm after the PWC.
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If you ever think you're stalled a PWC could do the trick. What is your water temp and what kind of dechlorinator as you using? I would redose the ammonia to 4ppm after the PWC.
Ive done 2 75% pwc. Water temp is 83-86 F. Tetra aqua safe plus. I also did redose.
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Just saw in the othe post you have you are using something other than Seachem Prime. Most more experienced aquarists use Prime because it temporary detoxifies the ammonia to give the beneficial bacteria time to gobble it up. Ammonia also is a result of the breaking of the chloramine bond from tap water. Most municipalities use chloramine to treat tap water to keep people healthy. In my opinion Prime is best. I tried all the others too, prime is the best I have used. I wont use anything else now.
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Great! You will be back on your way in no time. The last post wasn't a sales pitch. It's simply the best. Stay in touch and thanks for fishless cycling!
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Just saw in the othe post you have you are using something other than Seachem Prime. Most more experienced aquarists use Prime because it temporary detoxifies the ammonia to give the beneficial bacteria time to gobble it up. Ammonia also is a result of the breaking of the chloramine bond from tap water. Most municipalities use chloramine to treat tap water to keep people healthy. In my opinion Prime is best. I tried all the others too, prime is the best I have used. I wont use anything else now.
Yes i am thinking about buying it. I will be going to my lfs today
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Day 2
Ammomia 0ppm
Nitrites 5+ ppm
Nitrate 20 ppm
Ph not testes
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Ammomia 0ppm
Nitrites 5+ ppm
Nitrate 20 ppm
Ph not testes
You probally should do more PWCs to get the nitrites to a readable level and dose to 4ppm ammonia. What type of ammonia are you using?
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You probally should do more PWCs to get the nitrites to a readable level and dose to 4ppm ammonia. What type of ammonia are you using?
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That's what I was hoping you would say..pheew. That is the kind I used.
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That's what I was hoping you would say..pheew. That is the kind I used.
So just did a 90% pwc and i got the nitrites beetween .5 and 1 ppm. Woohoo!!
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So i did a pwc yesterday and i also re added ammo.This is what i got.
Ammo 0ppm
Nitrites 2+ ppm
Nitrates 0 ppm
Ph not tested
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So i did a pwc yesterday and i also re added ammo.This is what i got.
Ammo 0ppm
Nitrites 2+ ppm
Nitrates 0 ppm
Ph not tested
Are you dosing back up? Did you read the link about fishless cycling in my signature yet?
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Hey Deckape...check out the companion thread to this one. Just to give you some background info...he started the fishless cycle with 5+ parts of nitrIte already in the water due to previously having goldfish in the tank before knowing about cycling. That's where these wacky no2 results and time frame came from.
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Hey Deckape...check out the companion thread to this one. Just to give you some background info...he started the fishless cycle with 5+ parts of nitrIte already in the water due to previously having goldfish in the tank before knowing about cycling. That's where these wacky no2 results and time frame came from.
3 week nitrite spike fishless cycle
Aaaaaa. Thanks Eco.
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Day 4
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Day 5 re added ammonia yesterday to 4 ppm.
Ammonia 0 ppm
Nitrite 5+ppm
Nitrate 5-10 ppm
Ph not tested
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Day 6
Ammonia 0ppm
Nitrites 5+ppm
Nitrate 20-40 ppm
Ph not test
Any suggestions?
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Just did a 80% pwc and got nitrites to .5.
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I did a water change and got nitrites to .5 before this. And also re added ammo yesterday.
Ammo 0ppm
Nitrites 2+ ppm
Nitrate 5+ ppm
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