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post #11 of 14 Old 11-23-2013, 06:56 AM
Check again tomorrow. If Nitrates are any higher do a WC to bring them down and continue monitoring.
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post #12 of 14 Old 11-24-2013, 09:14 AM Thread Starter
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2.5 Gallon Oval Day 4

Woke up this morning on day 4 and it was so awesome to check the water levels and see the following results....

ammonia - 0.25ppm
Nitrite - 0ppm
Nitrate - 20ppm

I'm going to take out the active sponge out and siphon out the little amount of food that is in the tank. The goal I set is to keep the water change to around 1/2 gallon.
Is this a good idea?
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post #13 of 14 Old 11-24-2013, 09:34 AM
If you remove the sponge you remove the bacteria. And if you vaccum the food out you are no longer feeding the Nitrates so they will dissapate. I'd leave it until your ammonia bottoms out at 0. Then you are cycled and can remove a bit of food and add the betta. (:
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post #14 of 14 Old 11-24-2013, 10:53 AM
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If you pull the sponge keep it wet, an old margarine container is the perfect size for working with those filters. Your nitrifying bacteria, thus your cycle is contained in that filter, the tank is just a glass box that keeps everything wet.
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