07-02-2010, 04:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Byron
From what you've said in this thread, I would just monitor carefully the fish, and if they continue to be happy, leave well enough alone.
I alway shave live plants so when I set up a new tank I never have ammonia or nitrite above zero because the plants assimilate the ammonia (as ammonium) and do the job. So I can't say if one can somehow not get nitrite and be cycled without plants.
When you do test for nitrate, remember to shake the bottle of Regent #2 for 2+ minutes and not the 30 seconds in the instructions; otherwise you will likely get a false (high) reading if there are nitrates present.
Ok, Thanks. Yes, I do tend to shake the bottle a lot more then it said. I started out with it exactly the 30 seconds, (I am a little Anal retentive) and then I tried shaking it more, and harder. What is the definition of insanity? Repeating a behavior over and over expecting different results? lol Well, in order to not feel insane, I shook more, waited a little longer to check the color against the card etc...
One day, I left the test water in the tube and came back a few hours later. That is the only time the color had changed to show any Nitrate and that was only 5.0 ppm. That is why I thought maybe my test kit was old and had been sitting at the pet store too long or something. Desperation caused me to go buy another kit. Same results.
Assume another week or so passes and nothing changes, do you feel it would be safe to add a few more fish? I really don't want these guys to become too territorial before I add anyone else.
Byron and everyone else, I really appreciate your patience and willingness to share your knowledge. It is appreciated.