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post #31 of 33 Old 03-10-2010, 09:41 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Angel079 View Post
There again for determining a cycle status you'd need a liquid test kit that contains NO2, NO3, Ammonia. Really your best bet long term is just to invest a few dollars in a combo test kit such as offered by Tetra or API so you can test all matters necessary at home any time. Otherwise anything will be plain guess work for you from here on out.

I have the api master test kti for freshwater.

I just checked everything here are the results.

6.4 ph
0.25 ammonia.
0 nitrates
0 nitrites
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post #32 of 33 Old 03-10-2010, 11:11 PM
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.25 Ammonia and no no's you're starting your cycle. If you wanna help your existing fish check the ammonia every day don't let it rise past .25 if it does to a good sized water exchange with a good water conditioner.

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post #33 of 33 Old 03-11-2010, 11:46 AM
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Agree with above, but if the pH remains acidic (6.4) you can let it sit. In acidic water, ammonia changes to ammonium which is harmless to fish. Bacteria still use it either way, so the tank will still cycle properly, only without stress to the fish. An advantage here to having acidic water.

If you don't add more fish, and use the biological supplement mentioned earlier, you should see the tank cycle without problems.

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