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post #1 of 25 Old 12-29-2006, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
Tank data not changing

I have had my 20 gallon tank for two weeks now. I am currently cycling it with 5 zebra danios. For two weeks my stats have not changed. My ammonia is either.25 or .50. I do a 25% water change when its at .50 and a 10% water change when its at .25. The ph is always 6.8 and the nitrite and nitrate are always at zero. Is their something wrong because the ammonia is not changing. I use two filters, one penguin biowheel filter and one top fin power filter. My fish seem fine and i have had no casualties yet. I feed them 1-2 a day but for the last 3 days i have not fed them. And yes, i do use a dechlorinator that gets rid of chlorine and chloramines (my water company doesnt use chloramines though)
I have not been using any medications.

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Here is my ammonia tests in order from day 1-15
"0
0
0
.25
.25
.25
.25
.25
0
.25
.25
.50
.50
.25
1.0!!!
.25 Phew
.50
.50
1.0 OMG IM SO ANGRY

"All nitrite is at zero, all nitrate is at zero" (since no one has read this i will have to put it in table form!)

Nitrite:
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0

Nitrate:
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0



I was using dip and read test strips from mardel. These past few days i have been using API freshwater master test kit that uses liquid tests.
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post #2 of 25 Old 12-29-2006, 09:24 PM
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Hmmm some tanks tank longer to finish the cycle process then other. It may take up to a month to finish cycles to get ammonia 0, nitrite 0, and nitrate under 40. Just have to sit tight.

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post #3 of 25 Old 12-29-2006, 09:40 PM
Did you record your nitrite and nitrate levels also?
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post #4 of 25 Old 12-29-2006, 10:16 PM
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Also what test kit were you using?

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post #5 of 25 Old 12-30-2006, 02:13 PM Thread Starter
todays test says the ammonia is at 1.0!! I think somethings very wrong here, im gonna do a major water change
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post #6 of 25 Old 12-30-2006, 03:18 PM
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my ammonia is zero at like 3 days old

i have yet to take readings for no3 and no2

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post #7 of 25 Old 12-30-2006, 03:21 PM
Include ALL your readings of ammonia, Nitrites, AND NitrAtes. It's hard to tell where you cycle is at with just ammonia readings. We could just make an assumption that your cycle hasn't stablized yet, but NOT until you include the nitrites and nitrates also
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post #8 of 25 Old 12-30-2006, 03:26 PM
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..........*sniff* ok.......

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post #9 of 25 Old 12-30-2006, 04:31 PM Thread Starter
if you have read the whole thing you would see i have tested the nitrites AND Nitrates, i also test PH, i test everything once a day and sometimes twice a day, tell me how i can fix or help this problem, i use liquid test today and it came at 1.0 for ammonia and zero for everything else. READ THE WHOLE POST BEFORE YOU REPLY
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post #10 of 25 Old 12-30-2006, 06:37 PM
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todays test says the ammonia is at 1.0!! I think somethings very wrong here, im gonna do a major water change
I have been following this thread and have noted that you have modified you your original post 5 times in response to questions.

Yes: you are correct that there is something wrong.

At 14 days you should observe a nitrite concentration since you have observed an ammonia concentration.

I am not familiar with you filtration products or test kit which you are utilizing but from the information which you have posted either:

1) the biological filtration in the filtration products is not functioning or

2) the test kit is old and yielding inaccurate results.

From the extent of your diligence I would speculate 1).

It would really help me to help you if you could post a photograph of your aquarium and the filtration products which you are employing.

Please note that IMHO at an ammonia concentration of 1.0 your fish suffering.

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