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post #1 of 7 Old 12-16-2011, 01:11 PM Thread Starter
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I have been cycling my 90litre tank for four weeks. I tested it today and the results were 0 for ammonia, nitrite and maybe a tiny trace of nitrate but I don't know cos my test kit doesn't show traces. ANyway is my tank cycled. Some people told me it's not cos it has no nitrate
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How are you cycling it? And has there been a rise in ammonia, followed by a rise in nitrite?

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How are you cycling it? And has there been a rise in ammonia, followed by a rise in nitrite?
Flakes and stability which assists cycling and yes both rose
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If there was a rise in ammonia, followed by a drop in ammonia (zero) and rise in nitrites, followed by a drop in nitrites (zero) and a rise in nitrates, then you are cycled. I'd be a little concerned if there was no nitrates though. I don't know anything about the quick fix products used in cycling because I don't use them and don't trust them. It's possible that the stuff you used has affected the parameters some how...for better or worse I don't know.
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Stability is OK to use, it simply seeds the nitrifying bacteria. You need to continue the ammonia source (flake food) until you add a fish.

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Stability is OK to use, it simply seeds the nitrifying bacteria. You need to continue the ammonia source (flake food) until you add a fish.
Too late. I already added my 6 platties before got your message. They've been in there since yesterday. Parameters all 0 this morning. What do I do now? Will they be ok?
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Too late. I already added my 6 platties before got your message. They've been in there since yesterday. Parameters all 0 this morning. What do I do now? Will they be ok?
Probably. Monitor ammonia and nitrite for a few days. The bacteria are probably still active.

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