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Old 04-27-2011, 09:23 AM   #1
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Hello, I was wondering if this is okay for my tests? I have been doing the cycle since monday and my ammonia level has been the same then i tested for nitrites just then with the ammonia and this is what levels i got. They both seem to be the highest levels. Could you tell me if they are correct or if i need to do a water change thanks

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Old 04-27-2011, 09:35 AM   #2
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You are in the beginning of your cycle. If it were me I';d do a water change to get the ammonia to a readable level. Do you have any nitrates yet?
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How much of a water change should I do ? and i'll check now
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Okay my nitrate levels are 20ppm
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How big is your tank? What did you use for an ammonia source? Dead shrimp or actual ammonia? Do you have any fish in the tank or anything else alive?
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My tank is 10 gal i used household ammonia which is 9.5% and nope i have no fish or live things in the tank
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Ok. Do about a 30% to 50% water change. test again and your ammonia should be down to around 4ppm whihc is excellent for cycling. It will also lower your trites to a more readable level.

Youre in the right direction, you just have to wait for the ammonia to go down to zero, with no water changes and keep dosing until your nitrites also go down to 0 on their own.

I only recommend a water change now so you can see the levels more clearly and you can see where you are in a cycle. i would also test for nitrates now on occassion, you';ve got all the bacteria you need but not out in enough force yet.

You'll get there!
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Okay thanks for your help i'll do the water change right away haha!
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let us know what the new tests are. Good luck!
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Right, I just done a test and the liquid is definatly a lighter colour
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