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post #11 of 48 Old 02-18-2009, 07:18 AM
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Yea, I think that will work. I tried to add more, hoping the tank would be able to handle a larger load of fish. To determine how much ammonia to use, i used a 5gal bucket and kept adding drops from an eye dropper, counting drops, till I to the level I wanted. Then I knew how many drops I needed for 55gal. Your way will work as well, maybe just dont add a tank full of fish at one time. Start with two or three fish when the cycle is finished, then add a few more every week or two weeks.
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post #12 of 48 Old 02-18-2009, 08:13 AM
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Welcome! Here's a good link I used that explains the cylce in a very basic way...

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post #13 of 48 Old 02-18-2009, 10:33 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for that article. So, Twistermom, I just checked my water levels, within 12 hrs from the time I bumped the ammonia level up to 4ppm. Now, the ammonia is down to zero, and the nitrites seem to be decreasing. The only thing that is confusing is that I did check within an hour from when I put in the ammonia as well and the nitrites had not spiked?

Is it cycling correctly, or what is going on with it? Thanks!
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post #14 of 48 Old 02-18-2009, 02:44 PM
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I think it takes the nitrites some time to spike, after adding the ammonia. I would not even worry about testing nitrites until 12hrs after adding ammonia. There will be a nitrite spike, even if you do not see it or test for it. Sounds like you are real close to having a cycled tank! I am guessing that in the next few days you will see nitrites drop to zerro as well.
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post #15 of 48 Old 02-18-2009, 11:00 PM Thread Starter
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okay, great! I'm excited! so do you have any good advice on a good starter fish?
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post #16 of 48 Old 02-19-2009, 06:39 AM
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What size is the tank?
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post #17 of 48 Old 02-19-2009, 11:00 AM Thread Starter
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It's a 16 gallon bow front aquarium. I wanted to either try some Mollies, or some Gouramis, but I just want some good advice. If it were your tank what would you like to get?
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post #18 of 48 Old 02-19-2009, 04:56 PM
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I think a 16gal could hold both. Maybe 1 dwarf gourami and a few mollies.
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post #19 of 48 Old 02-21-2009, 09:46 PM Thread Starter
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Hey, so, my nitrite level has not gone down yet? It seems to be stuck on maybe between 0.5 and 1ppm. It has been this way since the 18th. I am not sure if this is good because I think you said when it starts decreasing it decreases rapidly?
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post #20 of 48 Old 02-22-2009, 09:47 AM
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Some cycles take longer than others. Hang in there! I still think you are close!
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