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post #101 of 131 Old 03-23-2014, 08:14 AM Thread Starter
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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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post #102 of 131 Old 03-23-2014, 08:41 AM
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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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post #103 of 131 Old 03-23-2014, 11:14 AM Thread Starter
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How do I go about doing that? Another water change?
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post #104 of 131 Old 03-23-2014, 12:32 PM
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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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post #105 of 131 Old 03-23-2014, 01:06 PM Thread Starter
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Haha, ok thanks, I'll see if I can manage it without soaking my socks this time (probably not).
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post #106 of 131 Old 03-31-2014, 12:07 PM Thread Starter
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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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post #107 of 131 Old 03-31-2014, 01:24 PM
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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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post #108 of 131 Old 04-02-2014, 01:09 PM Thread Starter
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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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post #109 of 131 Old 04-02-2014, 01:54 PM
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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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post #110 of 131 Old 04-02-2014, 02:13 PM Thread Starter
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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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