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Old 02-05-2013, 10:06 PM   #1
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Pretty sure my tank is cycled... Help.

So I am on day 33 of my fish in cycle and my prams are as follows:

-55 gallon glass aquarium
-temp. 78
-ammonia 0ppm
-nitrites .25ppm
-nitrates <20ppm

So am I good to go or should I wait for that .25 nitrite reading to drop?
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:13 PM   #2
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Should wait for that nitrite to drop, in the cycle the nitrites should go off a cliff from where it was. But just to make sure I would wait for the ammonia + nitrites to reach 0
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Old 02-06-2013, 04:30 PM   #3
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Gerrr!!! So frustrating! My readings for the last couple days were
Ammo - 0ppm
Nitrites - .25ppm
Nitrate - less than 20ppm

Now today my nitrites spiked for the second time
It's at 2ppm! Is this normal for a a cycle or could it have to do with my feeding them?
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Is it fish in cycle?

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Just saw it is, whats in the tank?
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Is it fish in cycle?

EDIT-

Just saw it is, whats in the tank?
I had 6 serpae tetras, 2 harlequin Rasbora, and 4 albino corydoras...

I added 4 more serpae tetras to the mix 4 days ago because they were being aggressive towards each other. and I am think the spike is from the addition to the tank. Should I do a large pwc? Like 50%?
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Also to note. All the fish look healthy. Bright red coloring in the tetras and they are active
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IMO cory cats are not the best fish to fish in cycle with, but too late now.

Stock (number wise, and considering the bioload) is pretty good for a fish in cycle.

Try fasting once a week, and make sure to feed lightly. A 50% water change wouldn't hurt to get the nitrites down to .25 ppm or less.

Just FYI those serpae tetras are going to make it a bit harder to stock the tank.
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Gerrr!!! So frustrating! My readings for the last couple days were
Ammo - 0ppm
Nitrites - .25ppm
Nitrate - less than 20ppm

Now today my nitrites spiked for the second time
It's at 2ppm! Is this normal for a a cycle or could it have to do with my feeding them?
Probably from adding more fish. If nitrites are at 2, I'd do a couple of 50% water changes to get them down.
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I know the serpea tetras are nippy but I they are doing good so far. Once they established a pecking order among themselves they are all calm and cool now. It's been 4 hours or so since a 30% water change and I am now reading
Ammo 0ppm
Nitrites 0ppm might call it .1ppm cuz it's no exact color match to the blue but not the purple. Ill attach a picture.
Nitrates less than 20ppm

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IMO cory cats are not the best fish to fish in cycle with, but too late now.

Stock (number wise, and considering the bioload) is pretty good for a fish in cycle.

Try fasting once a week, and make sure to feed lightly. A 50% water change wouldn't hurt to get the nitrites down to .25 ppm or less.

Just FYI those serpae tetras are going to make it a bit harder to stock the tank.
My Cory cats have been in there the longest and they seem do be doing very well. I have been testing my water 3 times a day and doing PWCs as needed since week 2. Week one I didn't really know about the cycling process
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Keep up smaller water changes , your tank may be cycled now! It's okay you didn't know the cycling process, you do now and that's all that matters
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