Hi everybody. This is my first time ever setting up an aquarium and so I have a few questions. I started fishless cycling roughly three weeks ago and added Dr. Tims ammonia, and dosed it all the way up to 4 ppm
. A week and a half ago, it dropped to about 2 ppm
. Nitrites were ~.20 ppm
and nitrates were at 0.
Today, I tested my water. Ammonia is still at 2 ppm
, but my nitrites are about .75 ppm
while my nitrates have risen to about 5.0 ppm
. Is this normal? I'm glad I'm seeing some change in water parameters but a bit worried. Will I see a decrease in ammonia in the following days to come? An acquaintance told me to dose back up to 4 ppm
but I want to see if it will continue to drop. Should I dose back up or let the cycle run its course?
Any other advice will be greatly appreciated. So far, all I have in the tank is driftwood and sand.