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Old 09-08-2008, 03:25 AM   #11
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From what I've read the process for getting your NitrItes into NitrAtes is alot quicker than Ammonia to NitrItes, I have heard around the 1 to 2 week mark for the nitrobacter to appear and make a big impact on your N02 levels.

If you did notice a spike and then drop in your NitrItes, I'd expect you'd see a rise in your NitrAtes.. has this been so?

I'm far from an expert, but maybe it's PWC time? Comments Aquaria Gods?

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Old 09-10-2008, 06:52 AM   #12
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Update.. the day I posted my last response i was at work.. When I arrived home I did my usual test and discovered sky rocketing nitrItes.. well 0.5ppm anyway.. I've since got my nitrAtes up to about 5ppm and I've been doing PWC's to keep everything in check. Fish are looking and acting much more healthy. Definitely a fishless cycle for me next time. Good luck with your tank!
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Old 09-10-2008, 09:11 AM   #13
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Hi All,

I've learned a great deal here and am in the midst of first cycle too (in two tanks, I got MTS - Multiple Tank Syndrome early). I completely mucked up my first tank by over feeding so 5 weeks in I've finally got things straightened out. It took pwc's every day and constant monitoring.

Tank 1 has zeroed out on all but ammonia which is finally falling and now between .25 and .50. Tank 2 seemed to have a nitrite spike(?) at .25 yesterday at about 3 weeks in (one lone Neon Tetra has survived - another mistake). Today it's back down to 0. Nitrate is at 5. I finally figured out that there was ammonia in my tap water and have begun using my filtered water. A huge help. My Ph in both tanks is at 6.4.

A good question Jim about acceptable levels of ammonia. Should it be at 0 like nitrites and nitrates or anywhere .25 and below? Thought I'd read about that somewhere.
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Old 09-10-2008, 09:42 AM   #14
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I know that after the cycle has 'finished' ammonia should be 0, nitrItes should be 0 and nitrAtes should be under 40ppm, then to keep your nitrAtes under control you just keep on keepin' on with the PWC's. My two kribensis have seemed pretty happy with ammonia running at around .25 - .50 (the colours on the API ammonia card are too close to tell the difference). Hey peaceablegarden, in your signature you apparently have 2 male platties and 12 fry? You could be a millionaire with those two fish! hahaha
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Old 09-10-2008, 02:36 PM   #15
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That is pretty funny. I hadn't noticed how that might look. Helen died last week (my sunset platy). I lost both females I had. The babies were born the day after I brought home the adults from my LFS and so started the horrible slippery slope to overfeeding. The mom to the fry was a Mickey Mouse so most of the babies are also Mickeys. Looks like two or three won't be. It'll be interested to see what they turn into.
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Old 09-10-2008, 10:51 PM   #17
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i just done a reading now and it was reading 0.25 nitrites so i think im on my way too...

I think we're all a little eager to start putting more fish in our tanks..

thanks for all ur help guys.
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