02-25-2011, 11:26 AM
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Originally Posted by medic317
Today i received my API master Freshwater test kit in the mail and my water parameters are NH3 is 1ppm, pH is 7.6, nitrite an nitrate are 0, temp is 75F. My next question is the tank has been cycling for about a week now how long till i begin to see nitrite build up.
It varies due to all sorts of factors. Normally, cycling is anywhere from 2 to 8 weeks.
If ammonia is 1 and there are fish, do a partial water change, use a conditioner that detoxifies ammonia (not all do). One that also handles nitrite will be good, there are two I know of that do both, Seaqchem's Prime and Aquarium Solutions Ultimate. If you have live plants, this will reduce the cycling and may eliminate it completely with enough plants and a few fish.
If you already use a conditioner that detoxifies ammonia, then ignore the water change. Detoxifiers work by changing ammonia to harmless ammonium. Plants and bacteria use ammonia/ammonium together, and test kits will show both as "ammonia."