04-03-2007, 09:41 AM
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Originally Posted by Steenbergen
I am not sure what my nitrate reading is because my test kit did not come with a nitrate tester so ill have to go get one to see. So if the ammonia levels or nitrite levels do not raise soon does that mean i can add more fish?
I agree, be very careful until you are sure it has cycled, and even then add slowly or you can throw your tank into a mini-cycle which isn't fun to manage. (Been there, done that!)
One of my tanks cycled super fast (about 12 days) but I used BioSpira (which has its devoted followers and non-believers). If you haven't had a reading of any nitrites yet, I would be doubtful it went through a cycle. It's possible there isn't enough ammonia in the tank for it to read yet. I had that happen to me when I started my larger tank.
Definitely test the nitrates. Once they appear and the ammonia and nitrite consistently read 0, your tank is cycled.