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Old 12-31-2009, 02:37 PM   #21
 
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I am Fishless cycling. I couldn't find any pure ammonia so i was forced to use fish food. I add a couple of flakes every 12 hours.

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In my opinion, two flakes twice a day is no where near sufficient ammonia to get the bacteria going well, nor sufficient for the plants. But I'm still puzzled by the nitrite. Have you tested the tap water for nitrite? Unfortunately, there are places in NA where tap water contains nitrite.

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Old 12-31-2009, 02:41 PM   #22
 
I probably put 5-7 flakes every 12 hours. I am pretty sure there is no nitrite in my water because near the start of the cycle i was pointlessly testing for nitrite and always getting 0. However i do think that it is starting to come down now.
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Old 12-31-2009, 04:23 PM   #23
 
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I probably put 5-7 flakes every 12 hours. I am pretty sure there is no nitrite in my water because near the start of the cycle i was pointlessly testing for nitrite and always getting 0. However i do think that it is starting to come down now.
Continue on then. When nitrite (and ammonia) are zero for consecutive days, the tank is cycled for the ammonia from the food you are adding. Add fish slowly, one or two small ones at first. Bacteria live at the level to handle the available ammonia/nitrite, and it takes from 9 to 20 hours for bacteria to multiply when additional ammonia/nitrite occurs. B.
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Old 01-01-2010, 02:33 PM   #24
 
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Bacteria live at the level to handle the available ammonia/nitrite, and it takes from 9 to 20 hours for bacteria to multiply when additional ammonia/nitrite occurs. B.
Oh my goodness, this is such useful information to me, esp as i am doing my cycling now too. I have been wondering this but unsure about how to ask it...thanks B once again for answering my questions before I even ask : )
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Old 06-08-2013, 02:06 AM   #25
 
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Yup,Otocinclus catfish is a good algae sucker!
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Old 06-08-2013, 06:55 PM   #26
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These are some pretty old threads that you resurrecting Fabi.

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