Originally Posted by Sniperhank
Donít worry about ph or all. Just toss that to the curb.
Until you have 0 readings on ammonia and nitrite, your cycle isnít complete.
Are you sure everything is good with those readings? That is an extremely high ammonia level with how you stated you dosed the system. You shouldnít go above 2 ppm
or it prolongs the cycle time...did it on my 55 when I did it.
Well because I am using a test strip there is no ammonia test so I get that tested at my lfs
, I asked for a liquid test kit for Christmas but I have to use strips at least to get me through the cycle, I just assumed that now that my nitrites are starting to go down and nitrates are starting to appear that there would be only i tiny amount of ammonia because I just phantom Fed last night, and I thought 5 ppm
was low. So all the other numbers are accurate just not that