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post #21 of 22 Old 10-18-2009, 03:32 PM Thread Starter
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So I just tested the water again. The ammonia is at 0ppm and the nitrite is at 0ppm and nitrate is at 5ppm. So if I have read everything right then the cycle is complete. I just find it strange that nitrite never was above 0 ppm, maybe I just missed it.
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post #22 of 22 Old 10-18-2009, 04:50 PM
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This is for Byron, you have given some of the best advice. What is your advice for whats going on. Should I wait until I stock my tank or stock it?
Tiny, assuming you have sufficient plants (I've no idea) you can add fish to the tank. I wouldn't go overboard, just a few to start, just in case. While the biological process works, it's best not to push it to the limit or beyond.

Saw your subsequent post, nothing changes my advice. And I'm assuming you followed 1077's earlier suggestion to remove the carbon; in a planted tank that's unnecessary and probably detrimental.


P.S. Thanks for the trust. I will do my best not to disappoint you. I just advise from my own experience and research into the reasons these things work. Have fun with it. B.

Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada

The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If youíre going to take it under your wing then youíre responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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