01-12-2009, 08:35 PM
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What stage am I in cycling?
Hi everyone, I wanted to know if anyone can tell me what stage I am in the cycling process. Right now I'm cycliing a 20 gal tank. It's been about a week and I've been using the fishless method where im adding clear Ammonia. Its been about a week and here are my readings
Ammonia- 5 (I've added 2 doses in order to keep it at 5 mg/L. the last dose was 4 days ago)
Now does it seem weird to you? The level of ammonia has remained high for the past 4 days, though it should be able to handle big loads of ammonia, the nitrite levels are nowhere near peak, but i still have a pretty large amount of Nitrate.
Where do you think I'm at? If im on the verge of the nitrite peak, should'nt the tank be able to handle large amounts of Ammonia? Its been four days since I added the 2nd dose, and it still reads the same thing. Which made me guess that the nitrite forming bacteria hasn't cultured yet, so why am I getting any nitrate at all? Weird