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Old 06-05-2008, 05:49 PM   #11
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Exactly. My 10g took about 4-5 weeks to cycle from scratch. Keep the ammonia up to 4-5, and test it at the end of the first week. By that time, it should start to drop a bit. Then, test daily to be sure the ammonia stays up at 4-5ppm. When you see that the Ammonia starts to drop, start testing NitrItes. Let the NitrItes spike as high as they want to go, and keep the Ammonia up to 4-5ppm. After a week or 2 of high nitrItes, they will start to drop, and you can start testing for nitrAtes. Once a daily dose of 4-5ppm of Ammonia is wiped out, and nitrItes are also zero, just do a big PWC to knock the nitrAtes below 20, and add fish!

Keep the heater, air stone(s) and filter cranking the whole time. Once the cycle is done, you can cut the air back to the normal operating rate.
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You dont have fish in the tank I hope?
No fish! I am planning on moving my betta over as soon as it has cycled and possibly some tankmates first...
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Exactly. Keep the ammonia up to 4-5
Is it absolutely necessary for it to be in the 4-5 range? I think mine is closer to 3-4....
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Is it absolutely necessary for it to be in the 4-5 range? I think mine is closer to 3-4....
I dont think so, ~4 is just a good recommendation, it should cycle with higher or lower than that
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