03-15-2012, 08:29 AM
| || | Bryon may know more about this. Once you start getting nitrates, the cycling process is usually finished, but because you have nitrites, which are really deadly to fish, I suggest patience at this point. Eventually, the nullifying bacteria will get in big enough numbers to handle converting your high nitrites over to nitrates (which are safer in low numbers). You probably can do a water change to begin lowing some of those numbers. Let's see what Bryon says on this one
Originally Posted by Liepold
Thanks Gwen! Glad to know you have sucessfully done the same fishless cycle! I took the shrimp out today. Now that the Nitrite is 5.0 ppm and the nitrate is about 50 ppm, does the nitrate need to get any higher before it starts decreasing?
Do I need to keep adding ammonia?
(liepold is my fish)
When did you start this process, by the way?
Just saw the other posts too. Good info there. No, don't add more ammonia.
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