Sorry for lack of updates. I've been sick the last few updates. And - FIGURES - the 17th I was quite sick and didn't take water samples, and sometime between tests on the 16th and tests on the 18th the tank cycled! And I missed it!! ARGGH!! /frustration
was on the 14th, and it was a big one, about 93%. I redosed to 4ppm.
15th - 2ppm ammo, OTC nitrites, 5 nitrates
16th - .5ppm ammo, nitrites about 10 (did reduction), 15 nitrates
17th - missed water samples
18th - .25ppm ammo, nitrites 0, 20 nitrates
One thing to note is that the ammonia is still is not 100% gone after 4 days, and I only dosed it to 4ppm. During the experiment it wasn't fed for 14 days and it appears it did lose a smidge of processing ability in that time. OR it was not up to processing 4ppm when it stopped, since I never did a "check". I feel like after it dropped to 0 the first time, I should have continued to dose it to 4ppm every time it zeroed, until I saw it clear in a 24 hour period, and THEN ceased all dosing. This way I could be sure that I had built ammonia to process 4ppm in 24 hours, and then tested its ability to pick that back up at the end of cycling.
I need to go dose it back to 4ppm, but I might not, as my kid would really enjoy getting some fish tomorrow and I think there have been enough failures of control in the experiment that I don't really need to keep it up. The tank has cycled.
Time spent: 32 days
Originally dosed to 16ppm ammonia, and then waited.
Nitrites appeared on Day 11.
Nitrates appeared on Day 14.
Ammonia was gone on Day 15.
Nitrites/Nitrates appeared to slow down significantly around Day 18, but I believe they were still being slowly process, as nitrates seemed to be slowly increasing.
93% Water change on Day 28, dosed up to 4ppm
Cycle complete on Day 32