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Old 01-08-2006, 10:31 PM   #1
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New test kits: results

I figure that the fishless cycle is finally getting close to done! (mabye another wekk to 2 weeks?)
Here are the resualts from my new ap brand test kit:
PH 6.4 (should i do another water change? My tap water is 7.0)
Ammonia 0.75
Nitrite 5.0
Nitrate 40
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Yes, do a pwc. Keep the ph closer to 7.0 with the pwc's. You look like your getting closer.
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Its amazing because when i got it tsted at the LFS the ammonia was 2 and the Nitrite was 4 and the ph was 6.0. As soon as i got the ph above 6 by doing a 60% water change yesterday, the ammonia started going down. How big of a water change should i do?
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Do another half. Should raise your PH enough that you may not have to do another change untill the cycle is done.
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50% to 75%. The more, the better.
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And as your ph gets closer to 7.0, watch for not only the ammonia to drop, but nitrite as well. If they both start dropping, your about there.
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If the ammonia gets below .5 after the water change, should i add more??
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Bring it up to only about 1ppm, or just under.
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This is a fishless cycle, correct? If so, why do the water changes? Once the cycle is complete do a large water change (about 75 to 80%). It will bring the pH level back up.
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This is a fishless cycle, correct? If so, why do the water changes?
To help bump the ph up for more efficient bacteria, as around 6.0, the bacteria is not able to do it's job as efficiently.
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