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Old 07-27-2011, 01:11 PM   #11
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I forgot to mention that I've been feeding my 4 fish more than needed just to get something started because I've read that excess food creates ammonia, but still little to no change.
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I was just wandering around in another forum and read maddybrat's post about her 29 gallon cycle. Her numbers are exactly like mine, she's been in her cycle the same amount of time as me, and she was told that she has cycled. I thought you had to have a nitrate reading before the cycle was complete. Could I actually be cycled?
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Old 07-27-2011, 01:32 PM   #14
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Are you sure you have 0 nitrAte? The API kit can be hard to tell at low levels as well as easily done wrong.

So, ammo is constantly staying at 0...but you've seen the no2 spike a couple times? Has it only risen that one time or is it constant? If you've seen nitrItes at all, that means there is definitely conversion of ammonia into no2...now we might just be waiting for the no2 to no3 bacteria to grow a bit more so it constantly converts it to nitrAtes and you always see 0 ammo and 0 no2. I'd just stay on top of your levels...wait until everything stays zeroed out...wait a few days and add a few more fish.

I've got to run out for a bit, but I'll check on the thread later
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Actually my nitrate reading has a very slight orangy tint, and while it looks closer to the yellow, it is a tad darker, so I might have some nitrates going on. I also could detect a really slight purply color on my nitrite test before my pwc yesterday. These readings are so close to zero that it's driving me nuts ! I am going around getting other opinions in the house, and I get various answers. My nitrite test today was definately light blue with absolutely no purple. But my nitrate was really close to yellow, but like I stated previously, I could detect a slight orange....I just hope I'm not seeing it because I want it to be there sooo bad. Btw, thanks for responding.
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Oh, my nitrites have risen to .25 ppm a couple of times, but never higher. I am very careful when testing and follow the directions exactly. I also test everyday, so there's not much chance of a spike without me knowing about it. I've been overfeeding my fish for about a week now and still no ammonia reading at all.
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Oh, my nitrites have risen to .25 ppm a couple of times, but never higher. I am very careful when testing and follow the directions exactly. I also test everyday, so there's not much chance of a spike without me knowing about it. I've been overfeeding my fish for about a week now and still no ammonia reading at all.
Luckily the auto place I'm at has free wi-fi .

It sounds like your ammonia > nitrIte bacteria is established, and you're still waiting for the nitrIte > nitrAte stuff to grow a little stronger. I think your in pretty good shape (and doing a great job )...you've just got to wait it out a bit longer for both ammo and no2 to stay zeroed out....then add a few more fish.
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Can't wait to announce the news!!! Hopefully it won't take too much longer. Thanks again Eco23You are truly a saint!
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