05-22-2011, 04:20 PM
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Actually, at this stage of the cycling, I would stop dosing ammonia every day, and only dose it every other day, only up to 1-2 ppm max. You hit the nitrite->nitrate stage, which is the longest and most frustrating. Right now you might have a ton of nitrites; what test kit are you using? If its the API liquid test kit, do the drops automatically turn a deep purple as soon as you put them in without shaking? If so that means the nitrite levels are way high, and you might need to do a 50% water change in order to get rid of all the nitrites so the cycle can continue. Also, if you want, you can try tetra safestart. Others question its usefulness, but it worked for me and helped speed up my cycling. You're almost there, just need to tough it out a little bit longer.