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Old 08-30-2014, 01:59 AM   #11
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Will that do it? I'm reading that it takes a pH below 6.0 to halt the cycle.
Activity of BB is tested as being perfectly fine down until 6.4 pH when it begins to slow down. At 6.0 it stops completely.

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Uphate: I have added that "stuff" on the OP a couple days ago but today still my ammonia is 4 and my nitrite is staying AWOL, as is nitrate. PH is 6.7. I have some water in the back I'm testing to check my supply perameters. So far, ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate are not to be found and pH is 6.5 in this batch.

While I'm thinking about it, could an algae bloom be tampering with the cycle?
The only way an algae bloom would tamper with the cycle is by consuming ammonia / nitrite / nitrate. For all intents and purposes algae is a plant and consumes the same nutrients as plants. If the water is cloudy however, it's more likely that it's a bacterial bloom.


What substrate did you use in the tank?
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Old 08-30-2014, 07:14 AM   #12
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That's what I was thinking Mebbid. At 6.7, I should still be A-OK.

Also, bacterial bloom is white and an algae bloom is green. My water is green (algae.) I am not losing ammonia or gaining nitrite right now.

I have sand in my tank now.
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Old 08-30-2014, 09:43 AM   #13
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It won't halt it..but it will slow ya down..

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Old 09-02-2014, 11:32 AM   #14
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This will depend greatly on your area. But do you have any friends/family that also have tanks? If no, do you have a lfs that you are familiar with? At my lfs, the owner has ATI sponge filters on ALL of his freshwater tanks. Sponge filters are pretty cheap, but they provided me with a used sponge that was fully cycled and provided a lot of BB. All I had to do was throw it in a brand new tank hook up all of my gear and BOOM! Instant cycle. I still only added a couple fish at a time. But I'm guessing you may have already considered an option like this.
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Yes, and since I started with a cycled tank (changing only ths substrate) it should have kept trucking as is (or so I thought) since I kept the same water and everything going in a bucket. However, it didn't turn out that way. Even stealing water and filter media from my 29g hasn't given me a working biofilter. It has been going several months now and is fully cycled. Neither has that potion I opened the thread with. It almost seems like there is some type of bactericide killing my BB.
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It is still not cycled. Can you believe it?
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No decrease in ammonia at al?
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Nope. ...and I have no clue what I've done differently on this one.
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Done a water change recently? Maybe that will kick start it.
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It hasn't yet. I've lately been changing every couple days, taking water from my 29g. I've only been doing it the last week, so we'll see how it goes. I did the same routine a month ago for a week trying to get it started.
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