01-23-2012, 08:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Byron
Normally, cycling is achieved when ammonia and nitrite are zero for consecutive days running and nitrates appear. I really don't understand your numbers. I asked about plants because they grab ammonia so fast one cannot even detect nitrite, providing some are reasonably fast growing species (stem plants, floating plants are good for this).
Cycle isn't live bacteria, and it has the "wrong" bacteria in it, but it does still help to quicken the cycling. But the cycle still must establish, this product simply shortens the period by a few days.
I agree with you Byron. I didn't even want to comment, because I don't understand how this tank can have such a high level of nitrates, and still have ammonia and nitrites. Weird. Could the tank have lots of decay? What would cause that? Shocking, with water changes it is like that.