02-04-2014, 12:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Remo300
We are finally there!
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.
Best tank ever.
but them my stuff is only worth .02