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Question Fishless Cyle - pure ammonia, do I add more?

Ok so it has been about 2 weeks since I started a fishless cycle using pure ammonia. I have only put in the ammonia once and have been waiting for all the bacteria to grow. The ammonia is getting low now, about .25 ppm, the nitrites are increasing of course, and a little bit of nitrates have accumulated. So the question is, where do I go from here? Do I wait for the ammonia level to go to zero and then add more? Or do I just let it stay at zero (not add any more ammonia) and wait for the nitrites to turn into nitrates? I am not sure if I keep feeding the nitrite bacteria or not. Also, if I am suppose to continue adding more ammonia, when do I know the cycle is done?

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Ok so it has been about 2 weeks since I started a fishless cycle using pure ammonia. I have only put in the ammonia once and have been waiting for all the bacteria to grow. The ammonia is getting low now, about .25 ppm, the nitrites are increasing of course, and a little bit of nitrates have accumulated. So the question is, where do I go from here? Do I wait for the ammonia level to go to zero and then add more? Or do I just let it stay at zero (not add any more ammonia) and wait for the nitrites to turn into nitrates? I am not sure if I keep feeding the nitrite bacteria or not. Also, if I am suppose to continue adding more ammonia, when do I know the cycle is done?

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Here is a link to tell you what you need to do using ammonia.

How to Cycle Your Aquarium Without Using Fish | eHow.com
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You should have a read of this article which is a "sticky" at the head of this section of the forum:

http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...m-cycle-38617/

It will cover all bases.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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