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post #1 of 19 Old 01-05-2011, 01:21 PM Thread Starter
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20 gallon cycling 8 days now.....

ive been cycling my 20 gallon 8 days now im using the API MASTER TEST KIT my reading are,
p.h 7.6
nitrites 0
nitrates 0
ammonia 1.0
why is the ammonia so high ive been using stability to prevent NEW TANK SYNDROME. i have 3 zebra danios & 2 mollies in the tank now they seem to be good there swimming around
i have a marineland 550 power head a heater the temp is at 79 degrees, whisper power filter 30 and a air pump help with the AMMONIA PROBLEM!!!!!!!!!
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post #2 of 19 Old 01-05-2011, 03:07 PM
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That's the beginning of the cycle. It does take a while so be patient. Do water changes to keep your ammonia under control but don't eliminate ammonia altogether.

When you add new water to the tank, use a good conditioner. Seachem Prime will render ammonia, nitrate, nitrate harmless for short periods of time (sorry i don't remember how long).

Animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers.
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should i add salt, stress coat, after water change and how much i have stress zyme but i was told not to use it while im using stability seachem all api products. and what about the api clear can i use that after the 25% water change

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post #4 of 19 Old 01-05-2011, 03:41 PM
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I never use salt. I would recommend simply doing water changes to keep it diluted, and use your water conditioner. If you keep doing water changes regularly, you shouldn't lose any fish. Remember that Ammonia is toxic to fish bodies, so make sure to keep up on your water changes.

I don't think that the API clear is necessary. A little cloudiness is a natural part of the cycle, it will clear up on its own as you do your water changes.

You'll see your Ammonia drop and Nitrite rise pretty soon.

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post #5 of 19 Old 01-05-2011, 07:16 PM
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No to the salt and any other additives other than water conditioner. Can you get your hands on some Prime? That's the best IMO.

Good luck.

Animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers.
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post #6 of 19 Old 01-07-2011, 05:11 PM Thread Starter
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ok its 11 days now & the ammonia is back to 0 and the nitrites are 0 & the nitrates are 0 my p.h is the same 7.4 is the cycle done hummmmm??? the nitrites never went past 0....

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post #7 of 19 Old 01-07-2011, 05:15 PM
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Until you see a reading for nitrAtes I'd say your cycle isn't yet complete.

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ok :(

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post #9 of 19 Old 01-09-2011, 01:53 PM Thread Starter
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my ammonia was .50 today i did a 25% water change everything else is good the still no nitrite spike ? its been cycling almost 3 weeks.

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post #10 of 19 Old 01-09-2011, 09:30 PM
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Sometimes, if the cycle doesn't go nice and smoothly, it can take a while. Just keep being diligent about your water changes, and you'll punch through it pretty soon. :)

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