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Newbie question! Will my tank be sufficiently aerated?
Old 05-01-2010, 05:51 AM   #21
 
thankyou, so if i test once a day untill i see my ammonia drop to 0ppm should i start feeding it again or wait until nitrite is 0ppm too?
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Old 05-01-2010, 01:18 PM   #22
 
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Agree with iamntbatman's advice. If the ammonia does drop to zero, it will mean the nitrosomonas bacteria are handling the ammonia being produced. But the ammonia has to continue to be produced, otherwise the bacteria will start to die off. Once the tank is cycled, nitrosomonas and nitrospira bacteria will exist at the level required to handle the available ammonia/nitrite respectively. "Cycled" means the tank is cycled for the biological load in it at that time; in other words, the amount of ammonia being regularly produced. I would continue adding fish food to keep ammonia present, but once you see ammonia and nitrite at zero for a few consecutive days (still adding the food which is the ammonia source) then a couple of fish can go in and the food can be stopped other than to feed the fish--lightly, once a day.

Glad you got the API kit; they are quite reliable.

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