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Old 07-25-2011, 09:40 AM   #221
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so, this morning, after dosing with 10ml of ammonia last night, my ammonia is NIL and I still have no2 up the ying yang! Should I put in MORE ammonia?

my no3 is higher this morning, by quite a bit. is this a good thing?

Last night, before adding ammonia:
AM - .25
No2 - between 2 - 5 ppm, it's hard to tell the color difference
No3 - 5.0

dosed with 10ml of ammonia last night, after those readings

this morning, 10 hours later:

AM - 0
No2 - between 2 - 5 ppm, it's hard to tell the color difference
No3 - 40ppm

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Old 07-25-2011, 11:56 PM   #222
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You're almost done! your first step of bb is established and set, just need the trites to fall to 0 as well and you'll be set. I couldn't imagine it being too much longer. Your patience is paying off immensely
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Old 07-26-2011, 04:06 PM   #223
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So if my 4ppm of ammonia is being swallowed up to a level of .25 in about 3 hours, should I feed it more ammonia?
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Old 07-26-2011, 04:33 PM   #224
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What's your trites at?I wouldn't really dose back up every 3 hours, even though your bb is chewing through it quick, I wouldn't wat to overload it. Hopefully your trites are 0
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Old 07-26-2011, 10:04 PM   #225
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My trites are HIGH.. Deep magenta/purple test results..either 2 or 5 ppm depending on who is reading it. My trates are at about 5ppm...and my ammonia is low---@.25

I had great fun today. I made a visual chart for my 3 to 6 year old class, so they could understand the "poisons" NH3, NO2 and NO3, and the "invisible germs" that eat the poisons. Then I let them read the testing instructions and count the drops as I tested the waters with the API FRESHWATER MASTER TEST KIT. I showed them the color chart, and explained that certain colors meant we had no poison in the tank, and certain colors meant we still had poison in the tank and so we couldn't put the fish in yet.

The first test was ammonia, and we all got excited when the test tube came back almost yellow, indicating very little of that poison! YAAAYYYY!

The second test was NO2.... and we all counted the five drops and oooohhhhhhhhhhh! What a pretty color PURPLE....but, alas, it is a bittersweet moment when we all realized that PURPLE meant LOTS of NO2, which meant that we can't move our fish to their new home, yet. Sighhhh....

We are learning Patience.....

But the kids really enjoyed the testing, so when I tested again this afternoon they were ALL excited. But we got the same results.....

I want to video my kids doing the water test, it's really cute, AND impressive, with how much they really DO understand if you just explain it to them correctly. And I will also attach the visual chart I made, when I post the video, in case there are any other teachers out there that might want to use it.

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Old 07-27-2011, 12:01 PM   #226
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id dose back up to 4ppm again and then watch it closely, we should start seeing a drop in your No2 and a rise in No3.... and thats amazing im glad to hear that the kids are just as excited as you are. like i said before, i know its near impossible to wait, but itll be well worth it when your tank is completely ready for fish, its kinda like their house is being repainted and refurnished and they need to wait till the paint dries before moving in. if you need to ask me a questio, you can always inbox me if needed, i usually get to those quicker good luck
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Old 07-29-2011, 12:51 AM   #227
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so..while I sit here staring at my empty, fishless cycling aquarium..imagining fish darting here and there through the plants and rocks that I have lovingly planted in their places...
and then I look at those darn little test tubes, sporting the same colors, day after day after day after day after day....
and the frustration mounts...

then I glance over at my over-crowded 10 gallon tank, with the multiple live bearers bearing multiple lives after lives after....

yes, I am getting sooooo many new babies, in my little tiny 10 gallon tank. The silver mollies, the mickey mouse platies, and the guppies are all reproducing at almost an alarming rate, even while over-crowded in my li'l tiny 10 gallon tank. It seems like every morning when I turn on the light I am greeted by several brand new teeny weeny babies...species unknown until they grow up a little start forming some of the identifying characteristics of their parents... so cute!

so..anyhow...I actually had a question come to mind.....

if my big 55G ever DOES cycle, and I start moving my fish over from the 10G to the 55g..and I end up using my 10G as a QT tank..don't I need to keep some permanent residents in my QT tank to keep the chemicals balanced?
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Old 07-29-2011, 01:42 AM   #228
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That's where another decision will come into affect. I've noticed some people will buy a small hob filter for their qt and what they do is run it on their display tank, therefore letting the beneficial bacteria grow and sustain in the filter, then if and when the time comes, you simply add some old tank water along with new tank water to the qt 10g, and place the hob filter on it....along with a few pvc pipes for hiding.. Ta da qt tank setup and don't have to worry about cycling. In a qt/pital tank, its best not to add substrate or rock, go as minimal as possible. In terms of the cycling, I know that it seems like its not going anywhere and its taking forever, but its moving along. Adding fish isn't quite an option, what would likely happen is you'd start adding fish, and everything would seem fine, then after 4i5 days or a week, you'd have a big ammonia spike....all because the bacteria you've been growing isn't present enough to handle the fish waste.. What's the latest reading look like?

***edit**** I know you patience is prob running low so I figured I'd add this, when I first started out with my 20g fw tank, I thought just like 95% of people doin that I could buy a tank, add water, then add fish.... I've prob gone through every bit of 300 dollars in fish because I didn't cycle properly...now that I have a better understanding of this hobby, I've lost 1 fish due to impulse buy..... You're patience will reward you greatly
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This is a great thread. I'm a teacher too working on getting a tank at school. I just wanted to note that my understanding is that the ph can lower a lot near the end of the cycle and that can stall it. So a pwc near the end to get it back to normal is good. The BBs don't hang out in the water anyway.
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Old 07-29-2011, 12:07 PM   #230
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before this mornings dose of ammonia (14 hours after the last dose of 20ml that got it up to 4ppm) my reading are:

Amm - .25

Nitrites are either 2.0 or 5.0, its so hard to judge. It might be my imagination but i'm thinking they MIGHT be leaning more toward 2? I hope I hope I hope!

Nitrates - 5.0ppm

PH is 8.2

SO, do you think a water change might help wake up those lazy Nitrobacter?

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