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Old 06-03-2015, 03:38 PM   #1
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I am looking for help with my new Aquanano 130L. It has been cycling for 21 days and seems to have come to a stand still. My Ammonia is between .25/.50 my nitrite is around 2.0 and my nitrate is at 40ppm, these readings have stayed the same for nearly a week and a half, I have been using 6 danio's to start the cycle since day 4. And used tape safe and fluval bio enhancer to start it off. My Lfs has recently recommended denitrol which I have been adding for the last 4 days without change in my readings. Is there anyone that can help me with this PLEASE!

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Old 06-04-2015, 01:52 AM   #2
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Hi,


I am looking for help with my new Aquanano 130L. It has been cycling for 21 days and seems to have come to a stand still. My Ammonia is between .25/.50 my nitrite is around 2.0 and my nitrate is at 40ppm, these readings have stayed the same for nearly a week and a half, I have been using 6 danio's to start the cycle since day 4. And used tape safe and fluval bio enhancer to start it off. My Lfs has recently recommended denitrol which I have been adding for the last 4 days without change in my readings. Is there anyone that can help me with this PLEASE!

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Quit with all the additives. You really don't need them. All you need to successfully cycle a tank is a dechlorinator and an ammonia source.

Your cycle isn't stalled, it's simply processing the amount of ammonia that's being produced. If it was stalled youd be seeing a steady increase in ammonia suddenly start. It can take up to 2 months to get a cycle finished so just keep up with water changes.

You should be shooting for your ammonia and nitrite below 0.25ppm and do a 50% water change whenever you are seeing it higher than that. As well as nitrate below 40ppm.
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Thank you, I was begging to panic and there's so much conflicting advice out there especially from different fish stores. I will carry on testing my water daily and doing my water changes. From your experience would you say I am far away from being cycled or could I really still be a month away? Really looking forward to getting some fish but want an established tank that where my fish will be stress free and healthy... Sorry for all the questions.

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Its really impossible for me to tell. Theres too many factors. Its unlikely to be an entire month tho.

What does your ph sit at?
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Well that's my other issue my Ph is around 8-8.2. It also comes from the tap the same after leaving do 48hours. I originally looked at African Cychlids but have since found my tank is too small (very disappointed) so after a lot of research have found its probably best not to play with Ph but to keep a stable Ph and have a community tank with selected fish that can adapt. I also think the high Ph I have will prolong my cycle?...
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Your pH may drop at the end of the cycle. While there is a good range of pH the fish we keep prefer, most will adapt to your pH.


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Your pH may drop at the end of the cycle. While there is a good range of pH the fish we keep prefer, most will adapt to your pH.


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Thanks Caleb, definitely less stressed about it now... Fingers crossed
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