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post #41 of 45 Old 02-04-2014, 12:08 PM
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We are finally there!
Ammonia 0ppm
Nitrite 0ppm
Nitrate 40ppm

Thanks everyone for your help. I'll just be monitoring the Nitrates for a few weeks to get an idea of how often I'll have to do a water change. Hopefully as the plants eat the ammonia faster than the bacteria this will become a non issue.
that's good news.

and you're basically right on except I hope nitrates will drop down with no water changes.

IMHO actually you are (or could be) just starting the silent cycle.

If pH does up and nitrates drop down in 2-3 weeks then you are there.

From that point on if something happens (overfeeding, fish dies, etc, etc) the system will respond with a nitrate spike untill things settle down. As opposed to the ammonia->nitrIte->nitrate cycle and possible crash.

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but them my stuff is only worth .02

maintain Fw and marine system with a strong emphasis on balanced, stabilized system that as much as possible are self substaning.

have maintained FW systems for up to 9 years with descendants from original fish and marine aquariums for up to 8 years.

With no water changes, untreated tap water, inexpensive lighting by first starting the tank with live plants (FW) or macro algae( marine)

see: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...-build-295530/
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post #42 of 45 Old 02-04-2014, 12:37 PM Thread Starter
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I'm just monitoring the Nitrates to make sure they don't go over 40. That's when I'll do my partial water changes.
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post #43 of 45 Old 02-04-2014, 01:11 PM
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I'm just monitoring the Nitrates to make sure they don't go over 40. That's when I'll do my partial water changes.
Hopefully nitrates will come down and you won't have to do any water changes.


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maintain Fw and marine system with a strong emphasis on balanced, stabilized system that as much as possible are self substaning.

have maintained FW systems for up to 9 years with descendants from original fish and marine aquariums for up to 8 years.

With no water changes, untreated tap water, inexpensive lighting by first starting the tank with live plants (FW) or macro algae( marine)

see: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...-build-295530/
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post #44 of 45 Old 02-04-2014, 02:14 PM
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Nice to hear that your cycled, congrats!

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post #45 of 45 Old 02-05-2014, 04:28 AM
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Even in a fully cycled, mature and planted aquarium, the vast majority of experienced keepers perform regular water changes in order to remove dissolved organics (DOC) and lower dissolved solids (TDS); also to replace minerals that get used up by the livestock and plants.

This is information to set the record straight. I'd rather not waste space on this thread by turning it into another discussion on the efficacy of water changes.
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