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Old 09-16-2006, 06:52 PM   #1
 
is the cycle done?

Well guys, my tank has been cycling for almost four weeks now (with fish), but I can't tell if it's finished or not. The nitrite is reading at 0, but the ammonia seems to be hovering at about 1 ppm, and has been for the past two weeks. My test may just be totally off, what do you guys think? I don't have a nitrate test at the moment so I don't know what that level is, but I do know the pH is about 7.4
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Old 09-16-2006, 07:09 PM   #2
 
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Have you done water changes to remove the ammonia?
Plants may also remove the ammonia. Do you have plants?
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Old 09-16-2006, 07:19 PM   #3
 
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You should get a test kit ASAP including ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, pH and gh or kh. There is a popular one called " Master Test Kit " that include those. Your readings should be NitrITE 0, Ammonia 0, and NitrATE under 40. I would suggest doing a water chan.ge that also blue suggested
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Old 09-16-2006, 08:44 PM   #4
 
I have been doing 20% water changes every 3 days since I started, and no, I don't have any live plants. It just seems strange that the nitrite would be 0 and the ammonia still present, and indeed it hasn't gone down for about 2 weeks now
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Old 09-16-2006, 08:50 PM   #5
 
might be because you've been doing so many water change and not letting it cylce properly and it could be doing a mini cycle
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Old 09-16-2006, 08:57 PM   #6
 
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There's one thing I can get:
No or not enough bacteria is available to convert ammonia into nitrites.
Pls try to get another filter media from an established tank(preferably your lfs).
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Old 09-17-2006, 12:04 PM   #7
 
thats the thing, I don't have another established tank
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Old 09-17-2006, 01:12 PM   #8
 
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What blue was tryign to say is go to your lfs and ask/buy an established filter media from them and put it in your tank...

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