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fishygurl 12-07-2005 11:51 AM

Fishless Cycle
 
Last tuesday i added 6 ppm of ammonia. (oops too much i measured wrong) For the last week nothing has happened but now the ammonia is reading 3 pmm and the nitrites are at 2. Am i correct that the cycle is finally getting started?

rich311k 12-07-2005 12:05 PM

You are correct your cycle is starting. From now on maintain ammonia at 2ppm. Good luck.

Lonewolfblue 12-07-2005 12:18 PM

Yes, maintain at 2ppm til you get a reading of 0 ammonia and 0 nitrite in 24 hrs.

bosk1 12-07-2005 01:05 PM

Congratulations! Mine seemed to take forever to get started. I think I am almost done. The waiting can seem agonizing at times, but has given me the chance to really research and ask a lot of quesitons and give a lot of thought to the type of fish I want.

fishygurl 12-07-2005 08:50 PM

How much longer do you think it will be roughly?

rich311k 12-07-2005 08:56 PM

Week or two for ammonia to go to zero. Two to three weeks for nitrites to go to zero. Just be patient its the best way to cycle a take. Some fish are thanking you.

fishygurl 12-07-2005 09:08 PM

But i thought i was supposed to mantian the ammonia at 2? Do you mean 1-2 weeks for it to go to 0 in 24 hours?

rich311k 12-07-2005 09:09 PM

Yes. You will need to keep replacing it.

fishygurl 12-07-2005 09:13 PM

Thanks, ill keep updating on the cycle!

Jchillin 12-07-2005 09:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bosk1
Congratulations! Mine seemed to take forever to get started. I think I am almost done. The waiting can seem agonizing at times, but has given me the chance to really research and ask a lot of quesitons and give a lot of thought to the type of fish I want.

This statement should be framed at every LFS and Aquatic Hobby location. :D

Patience in this hobby is beneficial to not only our fish but for us as well. The less stress on our fish, the less stress on us. Then we can sit back and enjoy.

fishygurl 12-07-2005 09:20 PM

Your right, but it is hard to wait another month after waiting a month for my dad to finish building the stand. lol

Lonewolfblue 12-07-2005 10:50 PM

This is what I did. I checked ammonia daily, and if less than 2, bump it back up to 2. Also check nitrites. Will take a couple weeks for ammonia to go to 0 in less than 24 hrs. Keep doing the same with the nitrite, bumping back up to 2ppm daily, til it goes to 0 in 24 hours. Also, keep close tabs on your ph. I noticed in my fishless cycle, when the nitrites finally dropped, so did my ph, below 6.0. One way to help this is when your nitrites have been up for a week, do a small pwc every other day before adding the ammonia to bump it up to 2ppm. This will help keep the ph more stable. The reason I believe this happens is the cycle is an acidic process, which will lower your ph. For mine, it dropped like a rock. Doesn't even need to be a 20% or 30%, even just 10% will help maintain a buffer for the ph. When I did that, my ph stayed pretty stable and within a couple days, I was cycled. Now I did use media from an already cycled tank, so mine went a bit faster. Hope all goes well for you. :)

fishygurl 12-10-2005 11:57 PM

Ok, update. The ammonia is now going from 2 to 0 in 24 hours. But when will the nitrite satrt coming down from its spike? Its still off the chart.

Lonewolfblue 12-11-2005 12:08 AM

Keep watching. If the tank hasn't been jump-started, usually about 2-4 weeks after ammonia falls. It's looking good.

Lonewolfblue 12-11-2005 12:11 AM

The nitrite will usually peak about a week after ammonia drops off, as nitrite is following ammonia. So it sounds like you are in stage 2. When stage 2 is complete, you are cycled.

Lonewolfblue 12-11-2005 12:12 AM

I finally found the chart, check it out....

http://malawicichlids.com/mw01017.htm

rich311k 12-11-2005 12:14 AM

You are doing great a week or two to go.

fishygurl 12-11-2005 12:27 AM

So mabye about a week for nitrite to start coming down then 1-2 weeks after that??

rich311k 12-11-2005 12:37 AM

Yes. You are right on schedule and doing great.

fishygurl 12-11-2005 12:40 AM

Thanks!


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