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post #91 of 131 Old 03-10-2014, 05:20 PM Thread Starter
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Yay! I can't wait to be able to tell my boys when it's time to go to get the fish! My 4 year old already has names picked out bless him.
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post #92 of 131 Old 03-10-2014, 06:51 PM
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That's so cute!
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post #93 of 131 Old 03-13-2014, 05:09 AM Thread Starter
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Ammonia is dropping to 0 within 24 hours now, just waiting for the nitrites to do the same! I know when it has finished I need to do a water change to get the nitrates below 40, I was wondering if I can mix some warm tap water in with the cold tap water when I add the new water in (adding aqua safe too of course) so that the temp doesn't drop too low?

Any estimates on how much longer the cycle should take now? I haven't done any test yet today, have been doing them in the evening.
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post #94 of 131 Old 03-13-2014, 07:26 AM
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Do you not have a heater?

I would guess about a week but I'll say two just so I don't get your hopes up. (;
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post #95 of 131 Old 03-13-2014, 08:06 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks. Yeah we have a heater but it takes a few hours to warm the water back up. Once the cycle is complete how long can I leave it without adding ammonia or fish before the bacteria start to die?
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post #96 of 131 Old 03-13-2014, 11:15 AM
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A week to go, with any luck.

Add fish within a couple of days of stopping ammonia dosing. They don't die-back right away. They go into suspended animation first.

It's customary to match water temperature at the tap.
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post #97 of 131 Old 03-13-2014, 11:27 AM Thread Starter
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post #98 of 131 Old 03-23-2014, 04:15 AM Thread Starter
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Hi again, nitrite levels are still showing as high as the test goes, no changes at all, is that normal or do I need to do anything? Ammonia is still dropping everyday to 0 and I put it back up to 3ppm everyday. Nitrates are 180.
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post #99 of 131 Old 03-23-2014, 06:20 AM
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Stubborn nitrite is a pain.

Is that a typo? Is your nitrate really 180ppm. I'd change water to get it back into the <40ppm range.

I thought you were already cycled <sigh>

Re-dose ammonia to 3.0ppm and see what your nitrite does. Let us know
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post #100 of 131 Old 03-23-2014, 06:37 AM Thread Starter
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Nope not a typo, I'll do a water change, thanks.
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