12-31-2009, 03:23 PM
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Originally Posted by soccermatt
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.