05-26-2011, 11:08 AM
| || | Cycling new tank; how am I doing?
I'm a new member to this forum, but wanted to wait until I had something to talk about to introduce myself! A few years ago I retired from horseback riding. I recently decided I needed a new hobby, and remembered that many years ago (like 30!) I had an aquarium and enjoyed it very much! So I bought a 36 gallon bowfront aquarium. I have a Penguin 200 filter with a biowheel. The aquarium is set up with gravel and artificial plants. I'm currently 6 weeks into my fishless cycle. I did not have any seed material, so this tank is starting from scratch! I have the water temperature at 84 degrees and am using 10% ammonia hydroxide from ACE. I have the API freshwater master test kit. The tank has started growing algae, so I've decided to leave the light off all the time. I think everything is going OK, but I decided to see if I'm actually on the right track (i.e., I'm looking for some reassurance!). Here's where the tank is today: Ammonia: 2 ppm ( added ammonia yesterday) Nitrite: 0 ppm Nitrate: 40 ppm PH: 6 ppm I need to point out that the nitrites spiked on May 2nd and were off the chart for about 3 weeks. Then, all of a sudden, on May 20th they were gone. I then tested the Nitrates and they were up to 40 ppm; prior to that I had only tested nitrates once and they were at 5 ppm. Since 5/20, I've added ammonia 3 times to bring the reading from 1.5 to 2 ppm. It takes a couple of days for the ammonia to drop to 1.5 and the nitrites have remained at 0. So, I'm guessing at some point in the future, the ammonia will drop to 0?