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Old 02-10-2014, 11:55 AM   #11
 
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Well I was gone all weekend, so tonight when I get home for work I will do another water test to see where the ammonia is in the tank. Hopefully the ammonia is being broken down still.
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Old 02-10-2014, 01:23 PM   #12
 
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I am with Chesh and would stick with the fishless cycle,.

Actually if your ammonia is falling I would expect to see either a nitrite or nitrate reading. Are you sure you are getting a true reading on that front? Some of the nitrate kits are notoriously 'tricky' to use. It is also possible you have a defective test kit. Make sure you really shake up the reagents before using them them (and I mean really shake them and even bang them on a hard surface) and if you have a friend with test kits you know are working then it may be an idea to borrow them and test with those.
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Old 02-10-2014, 04:35 PM   #13
 
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Just got home. The wood has this white slime fuzz on it. Not sure what it is
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Old 02-10-2014, 04:46 PM   #14
 
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Sounds like Saprolegnia which is quite normal on wood just introduced into an aquarium and perfectly harmless, in fact some fish even seem to enjoy munching on it. You can clean it off although, usually, it disappears in time.
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Old 02-10-2014, 04:54 PM   #15
 
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I attached a picture of it. But what you said is most likely it.
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Old 02-11-2014, 10:40 AM   #16
 
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i had that on some wood…i just scrubbed it off…i've heard someone say
that their shrimps chomped on it….(i think i did )
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Old 02-11-2014, 10:49 AM   #17
 
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I scrubbed it off last night with hot water and my tank tooth brush lol. The ammonia is still at 4ppm. I have no idea why it wont cycle. I added the TSS, and I even threw in some fish food hoping that would start something up. I did a small water change last night, changed out maybe 15-20 gallons, added more tss about half a bottle after the water change. Tested this morning and it is still at 4ppm.
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Old 02-11-2014, 11:11 AM   #18
 
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it will happen..just taking it's time.
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Old 02-11-2014, 11:46 AM   #19
 
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It has been only 10 days, I am just impatient.
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Old 02-11-2014, 03:22 PM   #20
 
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aww i remember being impatient…..and i even made a folder at home
(i didn't have a laptop) and noted down everything i did with the tank,
and the water readings….many days of finger tapping and huffing and
puffing…waiting….always waiting….
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