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Old 03-13-2011, 10:21 AM   #11
 
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I think it was about three weeks until I saw nitrites. As blabomb said, it varies. I've only one thing to add and that's to do more water changes when you have readings for ammonia, every day if necessary.
Well, it's been over 5 weeks since I changed the filter and goofed up my cycle. Still, though...I've been doing everything mentioned here (frequent water changes when the ammonia level hits .05, using Prime, etc.) and still, NO NITRITES. I had a small trace of them about two weeks ago and thought I was finally on my way, but they disappeared and not a trace of them since. It seems like I'm doing something to kill off the bacteria or something, but I have no clue what I'm doing wrong. Am I vacuuming too much of the bottom? I think I read somewhere to do the water changes, but don't vacuum the bottom so much. Does that make sense? I'm feeding them once per day, about as much as they can eat in about 3 minutes.

HELP, please....this is getting frustrating. (On the plus side, the fish seem to be doing great - thriving even (knock on wood). We are really enjoying them, but are so looking forward to adding more to the take.)

Thanks.

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Old 03-13-2011, 09:14 PM   #12
 
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Do you have nitrates?

Edited to add: Look, I'm no expert, bear that in mind. I just reread your first post.

Have you still just got 5 fish in a 55 gallon? If so, I don't think you'd expect to see anything dramatic. Your filter will just grow the bacteria needed for the few fish you've got. You can get more fish. Just get a couple at a time and wait in between new additions, and your filter will gradually adjust. Test your water just to be able to respond to anything unexpected, but if you take it slow you probably won't see spikes at all.

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Old 03-14-2011, 07:39 PM   #13
 
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Do you have nitrates?

Edited to add: Look, I'm no expert, bear that in mind. I just reread your first post.

Have you still just got 5 fish in a 55 gallon? If so, I don't think you'd expect to see anything dramatic. Your filter will just grow the bacteria needed for the few fish you've got. You can get more fish. Just get a couple at a time and wait in between new additions, and your filter will gradually adjust. Test your water just to be able to respond to anything unexpected, but if you take it slow you probably won't see spikes at all.
Still...no nitrates.

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Old 03-25-2011, 07:20 AM   #14
 
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Well every tank is different. Sometimes your tank might completely cycle in 3 weeks, other tanks can take up to 8 or 9. I am cycling my tank right now using pure ammonia. I am two weeks into it and I am starting to see nitrates so I am getting close. Each tank is different though. I would say no more than another week until you start getting readings for nitrites. But keep in mind that is just a guess and I could be completely wrong. But what is your ammonia level at?
It's been six weeks now and still not a nitrite in sight. I'm still doing regular water changes, using a water conditioner, and using a dechlorinator. Am I killing the bacteria somehow and not knowing about it? Is there some pitfall during the water change that I may not know about? HELP, PLEASE!!!!
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Old 03-25-2011, 08:50 AM   #15
 
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Have you still only got the 5 fish?
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Old 03-25-2011, 10:01 AM   #16
 
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Have you still only got the 5 fish?
No, I had 7, not 5, but now I have 11.
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Old 03-25-2011, 10:03 AM   #17
 
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Have you got live plants in there?
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Old 03-25-2011, 12:01 PM   #18
 
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Have you got live plants in there?
Fake ones only.
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Old 03-25-2011, 05:49 PM   #19
 
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When you say that you are using a water conditioner and a dechlorinator, what are you using?
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Old 03-26-2011, 12:22 PM   #20
 
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When you say that you are using a water conditioner and a dechlorinator, what are you using?

Tetra AquaFin Dechlorinator and Top Fin Bacteria Supplement.
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