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Old 03-23-2014, 08:14 AM   #101
 
Ok was a slight typo, I meant 160. After water change and dosing ammonia back to 3, nitrites are still 5 but it didn't instantly change to purple like it has been doing. Nitrates are now between 20 - 40.
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Old 03-23-2014, 08:41 AM   #102
 
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Nitrite at 5.0ppm will slow or stall your cycle. See about cutting that back <2.0ppm.

After that, you can reduce ammonia dosing to <2.0ppm.
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Old 03-23-2014, 11:14 AM   #103
 
How do I go about doing that? Another water change?
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Old 03-23-2014, 12:32 PM   #104
 
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Hehehee.... get used to it. It's what fishkeeping is all about.

"I don't keep fish. I keep water. Water keeps fish." ~~Mr Vampire, young Betta breeder
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Old 03-23-2014, 01:06 PM   #105
 
Haha, ok thanks, I'll see if I can manage it without soaking my socks this time (probably not).
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Old 03-31-2014, 12:07 PM   #106
 
Still not cycled :(
Ammonia is still dropping to 0 everyday (dosing to 2ppm now)
Nitrite has stayed at 2ppm since the water change and nitrates are staying between 10 - 20.
Ph is 7.8.

Any advice or is it just a case of continuing to wait patiently?
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Old 03-31-2014, 01:24 PM   #107
 
It's part of the cycling process. You have to wait until those nitrites get completely converted to nitrates. Keep dosing. You're almost there!
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Old 04-02-2014, 01:09 PM   #108
 
Thanks for the reply. Tonight the ammonia was 0 (dosed back up to 2ppm), nitrites seemed to have lowed, looked in between 0.5 and 1ppm. Nitrates, however, still seemed to be 5ppm.

Is that normal for nitrites to lower without nitrates going up? Also, if nitrites drop to 0 and nitrates only reach 5 will that be a complete cycle or will the nitrates be too low at 5ppm?
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Old 04-02-2014, 01:54 PM   #109
 
Personally, I like to cycle until my nitrates hit 20ppm, then I do a WC and let them hit that again but that's just me.
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Old 04-02-2014, 02:13 PM   #110
 
The nitrates had reached 160 before the water change on the 23rd March but they just seem to be staying low since then. After the water change I added aquasafe to condition the water but I didn't add any more tetra safe start, should I add some?
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