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post #11 of 15 Old 02-21-2011, 07:09 PM
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You do need to keep adding ammonia though. Without ammonia, the nitrosomonas bacteria will die off, and then the nitrospira when the nitrite runs out. You will be back at square one then.

A tank is only "cycled" when there is a colony of both types of bacteria sufficient to handle the ammonia/nitrite being generated daily.

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post #12 of 15 Old 02-21-2011, 07:16 PM Thread Starter
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Ok guys thank you for the quick replies :) So I should keep my ammonia level at about 1-2 for now and then when I go to put fish in it need to be zero correct?
Do I have to wait for the ammonia to get turned into nitrite then to nitrate or can I remove the ammonia with a big water change?

Do fish get thirsty?
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Ok guys thank you for the quick replies :) So I should keep my ammonia level at about 1-2 for now and then when I go to put fish in it need to be zero correct?
Do I have to wait for the ammonia to get turned into nitrite then to nitrate or can I remove the ammonia with a big water change?
Have a read of the sticky on cycling at the head of this [Freshwater Aquarium] section. It up at the top of this column. It will explain this. Then ask questions, we can clarify.

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yes wait until the ammonia 7 nitrites are 0 for atleast 2 days then your good to go good luck the tank looks nice post some pics when its complete ok..

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post #15 of 15 Old 02-21-2011, 09:23 PM Thread Starter
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Alright Bryon and jbonez thanks for the help. I'll be sure to post some pics of my tank probably this weekend once I get everything up and running and stocked with fishies :)

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