07-04-2012, 06:38 PM
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Can I put in my 2 cents? First of all, with the fish in another tank, keep the ammonia low there so they can survive, by doing water changes as much as necessary. And in your primary tank, the nitrogen cycle must be fed ammonia. You can do this by using pure ammonia or with a very small amount of fish food every day until you have 0 ammonia and 0 nitrite and some nitrate.
Right now, I'm seeing in your test results that you have some nitrite, which is good at this point in the cycling process, and lots of ammonia. This means that ammonia is just a little past peak (by the amount of the nitrite) and bacteria have developed and started to convert it to nitrite. Ammonia will go down to 0 and nitrites will peak as bacteria develop to convert it to nitrate. As I said before, when ammonia and nitrites are 0 and you're showing nitrates, the cycle has completed and you can do a 50% water change to lower the nitrate level. From what I understand, water changes prior to this point will slow the cycle's completion and it will take longer, because the high levels of ammonia and then nitrite activate the bacterias' growth. Looks like your tank is doing normally.
Here's a link to a graphic chart of the Nitrogen Cycle: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...-cycle-101698/
I have written little more than the basics. Looking at the chart may help you understand how things fit together. Keep at it!
Last edited by equatics; 07-04-2012 at 06:43 PM..