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Old 06-03-2011, 09:20 PM   #21
 
Alright, thanks for all of your help so far!

Today, (its been about 2 weeks since beginning of cycle) I checked the water levels (after adding in a couple of drops of ammonia a couple of days before) and I read:

Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 5

I haven't been on this thread in a while, and I just read what you recently posted Byron about the plants. I have been seeing the tips of their leaves a bit dark.....yikes!! :((

Anyways, after checking the levels I added in 2 more drops of ammonia (this was today before I looked at this thread). Tomorow I will check the levels and if the ammonia has been converted to nitrate then I am done cycling!! But my question here is: Why are the nitrate levels so low? Do you think its the plants? (I feel like a possible plant killer I hope not!....time will tell....) And are these levels good? Particularly the nitrate levels?


Thank you all for your advice:)
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Old 06-04-2011, 12:05 PM   #22
 
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Alright, thanks for all of your help so far!

Today, (its been about 2 weeks since beginning of cycle) I checked the water levels (after adding in a couple of drops of ammonia a couple of days before) and I read:

Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 5

I haven't been on this thread in a while, and I just read what you recently posted Byron about the plants. I have been seeing the tips of their leaves a bit dark.....yikes!! :((

Anyways, after checking the levels I added in 2 more drops of ammonia (this was today before I looked at this thread). Tomorow I will check the levels and if the ammonia has been converted to nitrate then I am done cycling!! But my question here is: Why are the nitrate levels so low? Do you think its the plants? (I feel like a possible plant killer I hope not!....time will tell....) And are these levels good? Particularly the nitrate levels?

Thank you all for your advice:)
Hard to say on the nitrate question. I don't know what plants you have, but with live plants nitrates should always be low. This is because plants grab the ammonia/ammonium and less is processed by bacteria into nitrite and then nitrate. So they could have a bearing, again depending upon which plants and how many. Faster growing plants obviously use more ammonia faster, slower growing less.
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