08-16-2010, 09:06 AM
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Originally Posted by 1077
Cycling or maturing process ,can take from four to eight weeks. In my expierience nitrites usually appear at around two weeks and once they read zero for four consecutive days along with ammonia,then the bacteria will have developed for the biological load (Fish) in the tank.
If you are still getting nitrite readings other than zero, then you have a little ways to go yet and adding fish at this point would only increase the levels of nitrites and possibly ammonia as well, and would result in twice daily 20 percent water changes moring and evening, to prevent toxins from damaging the fish.
Ok, I'll just wait
By the way, can a one gallon aquarium be used to quartine?