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post #1 of 4 Old 01-21-2012, 11:51 AM Thread Starter
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Red face WHAT UP PEOPLE Need some tank advice pleaseee!!

Hi guys Ive been cycling a new tank now for 3 weeks its 24 litres with a hang on filter and currently at about 26 degrees C the water levels are thus

pH 7.6
Ammonia 1.0ppm
nitRITE 1.0 ppm
NitRATE 10.0pmm

Are these levels ok for a tank thats been cycling for 3 going on 4 weeks now and if not what can I do to help it??
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post #2 of 4 Old 01-21-2012, 12:00 PM
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hello and welcome
have you got fish in the tank or are you doing a fish less cycle,
your tank is looking very nice.

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #3 of 4 Old 01-21-2012, 12:19 PM
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Hi Mattfish! Your ammonia and nitrIte numbers should fall when you are thru the cycle... you are looking for about .20 nitrAtes. If you have fish in that tank then you need to do a water change to lower those numbers. If you have not done so already, take a few moments to test your tap water to see what those 3 numbers are as well. ( This can change of course when your municipality/city does a chemical dump sometimes in spring to clean out pipes. You will not be warned when this is done. )
If you have no fish, good for you for your vast patience!!
I'm not sure why all 3 of your tests came in so high tho... usually you go thru each stage and each will spike and then fall. Did you follow the times for shaking bottles and time limits? Also read the card in daylight, not lamp or sun light for the best colour readings.

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post #4 of 4 Old 01-21-2012, 07:37 PM
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Welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum Mattfish.

Here's an article from our forum that might provide some background on cycling:


Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada

The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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