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Old 02-22-2009, 02:34 PM   #21
 
I seem to be in a similar boat. Within 12 hours of bumping ammonia up to 2-3 it goes down to between zero and .25ppm. However for the past 3-4 days my nitrites are hanging at 5ppm. Been cycling for about a week and a half now.
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Old 02-22-2009, 03:36 PM   #22
 
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So, I just realized... this is really stupid, but I figured out what I was doing wrong lol. I don't use the test strips, I use the test bottles where you look at the coloring instead. So, I went to check my nitrites last night, and I had to go do something for about 15 min. and left the test bottle sitting; I came back and the nitrite level showed 0!

So, in actuality I may have been testing it incorrectly. I wasn't waiting the recommended 5 min. because well, i am kind of impatient and I didn't think it mattered really lol.

Anyways, so, which brings me to my next problem. This morning I put in some ammonia, but within 3 hours it had already been dissolved by the nitrites. So, I added more ammonia. Now, my ammonia is up to 2ppm and my nitrites are at .25ppm. I think I may have added too much ammonia. Is there something I should do? Did I ruin the cycle?
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Old 02-22-2009, 06:15 PM   #23
 
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You did not ruin the cycle. My last fishless cycle, my tank was cycled for over a week before I was able to put fish in it. the fish I wanted where all mail order and it was to cold out for them to ship. Sometimes I would bump the ammonia up to 3ppm a coulple times a day. You can add ammonia to it as many times a day as you want, just keep it under 4ppm. If your nitrites are zero two days in a row, after waiting the 12 hrs, I would say you are ready for fish. Remember to do a large water change to lower those nitrates.
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Old 02-23-2009, 11:40 AM   #24
 
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Yay, it's working! I am really excited! Thanks a lot. So, another weird thing, just off subject. My fish tank is not level. It's only slightly not level, but I think that's just weird.

Thanks for all your help!!!! :) Now you can help Guber eh'. Thanks.
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Old 02-23-2009, 11:42 AM   #25
 
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Yay, it's working! I am really excited! Thanks a lot. So, another weird thing, just off subject. My fish tank is not level. It's only slightly not level, but I think that's just weird.

Thanks for all your help!!!! :) Now you can help Guber eh'. Thanks.

you can always put a wood shim on the uneven side of the stand!!!
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Old 02-23-2009, 11:53 AM   #26
 
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As Twistersmom said,, be sure and do large water change 50 to 60 percent before adding fish and be sure and use dechlorinator for the new water and from now on.
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Old 02-26-2009, 08:46 PM   #27
 
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I have fish!!!!

3 sunburst platies. I like them, they are really silly fish. They especially love it when the food comes. How can you be certain how much they should eat in a five minute period? Do you just guess, I'm afraid of over feeding or under feeding them.

Lol, they are still exploring the tank, one cannot seem to figure out that the back side of the tank is not real.. I have a picture of underwater lake scenery in the back.

Also, how do you tell between a male and a female sunburst platy?
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Old 02-26-2009, 08:55 PM   #28
 
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So, I am doing a fishless cycle with the information i got from this article: Fishless Cycling - Article at The Age of Aquariums - Tropical Fish

So during the last part of the fishless cycling, where you add a teaspoon or so of ammonia a day while the nitrite is spiking; when the nitrite spikes, do you then discontinue putting the daily amount of ammonia in the tank? Or, do you keep putting the ammonia in, even after the nitrite level has spiked?

I looked in the article and it doesn't specify that part. Also, I work at a pet store and a friend at work says it may never finish this last part because there is no good bacteria in the tank, is this true? She is not into the whole adding chemicals and stuff, she believes in natural cycling, I just don't know which is better. Is the bacteria in the air good enough, even if I have a lid where the particles in the air aren't going to get in the tank very well? Lol, I hope I am making sense.

Anyways, just curious. Should I do what my friend at work says to do... do a 40% water change and then put in some dechlorinated water and then acclimate 3 new fish there, some hardy fish like danios or something? Or, should I just wait it out. The nitrite has almost spiked, but seems to be stuck at this one level.

Anyways, I would sure appreciate any help I can get or advice! Thanks! :)
What size tank are you cycling? Continue to add the recommended amount of ammonia until ammonia and nitrite levels are 0 in 8-12 hours (after putting ammonia in) then your good to add fish. Best of luck.
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Old 02-27-2009, 04:05 AM   #29
 
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Were it me, I would take a small amount of food and place it in the palm of my hand and then use my fingers to crush the food to make it smaller about dime size amount.I would then drop only a pinch into the tank from this dime size amount and watch to see that it's all eaten. If so, I would add another small pinch. Once it was eaten that would be the feeding for the day. If food is falling to the bottom and not being eaten,, You are offering too much too fast and uneaten food will cause water quality problems , You only have three small fish, they will be fine with once a day feeding as I described. As you SLOWLY add new fish,, you can increase the amount of food slowly as well. Try counting from 300 backwards, If you provide enough food for fish to feed for this length of time (5min) your tanks water quality will deteriorate rapidly which in turn will result in sick or dead fish. I would add one or two fish every ten days so that biological bacteria can adjust and I would feed as described. If you do so ,,you will have WAY fewer problems and all fish will be healthier and happier .
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Old 02-27-2009, 07:22 AM   #30
 
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Congrats on the cycled tank with fish!!!
Always great to see all your waiting pay off!
1077 gave great advice on feeding.
Fish food manufactures are in the market to sell food, they recommend feeding your fish alot more that they need.
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