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Old 03-12-2012, 07:14 PM   #1
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How long can my cycling tank....

How long can my tank go without adding ammo before I will get dead bacteria?
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Old 03-12-2012, 07:20 PM   #2
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I would be interested in hearing this answer as well
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Old 03-12-2012, 07:25 PM   #3
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I'm just curious. My wife and I want to take a trip to St. Louis for a 3 day weekend with the kids. I just wanted to know what I'm up against.
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It seems as if people tell u to dose every few days. I doses with ammonia to 3 ppm Sunday evening and while my ammonia is now 0-0.25ish my nitrites are a 2-5 so I won't add anymore until those decrease. I cycled with some lr and have since added pure ammonia once but I think after my nitrites come down this time I'm just going to do a pwc and add 2 fish. I think I'm harming my lr more by adding pure ammonia. We will see what happens
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Throw in a shrimp. That will be enough decaying matter and ammonia for the cycle.
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Old 03-12-2012, 07:42 PM   #6
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But my 4ppm of ammonia is being consumed within 4 hours.
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How are your nitrites and nitrates doing?
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My Nitrites are off the charts and my Nitrates were at about 20 to 40 last I checked.
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How fast does the ammonia get converted to nitrate?
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Just as fast if not faster.
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