04-06-2011, 04:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Jakiebabie
They say it can take 4-8 weeks, usually in the 6-8 week area, but sounds like you are getting very close. You should be looking for a NitrAte number of about 20ppm. Anything higher than that and you should do a partial water change. Yes sometimes the NitrIte spike isn't very big, mine never was either. Just keep monitoring and when you finally get a NitrAte number you are thru!
Thanks! Yeah I was just thinking, my ammonia levels never quite got very high either so maybe it is expected that the nitrites won't spike high either. But it is progress - I never thought my tank would cycle! I will be looking out for nitrates and will celebrate when I get a reading