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Meatpuppet 07-07-2008 11:10 AM

Stubborn 5gall
ive been cycling (fishless) my five gallon for 2.5 weeks now. at the start i through in fish food to build up ammonia now its just started to go at zero. but the Nitrite is still high
here are the acctuall params:
ammonia- 0
niTRITE- >1.6 ppm
niTRATE- >20 ppm
ph- 7.5 (still to basic)

the nitrite is high and its not going down... so what do i do now. wait longer, water change, and cycle liquid bacteria.


jeaninel 07-07-2008 11:23 AM

If there's no fish in the tank you don't need to do water changes. That will only lengthen your cycle. Just have patience. The nitrite usually takes longer than the ammonia to go to 0.

You're still feeding the tank with a bit of fish food, right?

Meatpuppet 07-07-2008 12:30 PM

am i supposed to be feeding the cycle more food?

Meatpuppet 07-07-2008 02:45 PM

ok i put a pinch of food in the tank

jeaninel 07-07-2008 03:29 PM

Yes, keep adding an ammonia source so your bacteria don't die off. Once your ammonia and nitrite stay at 0 you'll probably have a high nitrate reading and will need to do a big water change before you add your fish.

Meatpuppet 07-07-2008 04:02 PM

thanks for clearing that up jeaninel

Meatpuppet 07-16-2008 01:56 PM

so here's an update on me 5 gall

the parameters: Didnt budge, they're exactly the same :?
this tank has been cycling for whole month now and is still too toxic to add anything. ive been adding fish food every 3 days or so but other than that its all the same proceadure.

does anyone know what can be going on? is it common to have tanks as small as mine to be going for a month? or is my lack of patience starting to eat at me?

Little-Fizz 07-16-2008 02:17 PM

Umm well, I didn't continue adding fish food. I'm pretty sure I stoped adding fish food when I had a nitrite reading. Then after a month I'm pretty sure I did a little water change and everything evened itself out. Perhaps I did it wrong? Either way my tank cycled and I never had a problem with water parameters since.

Kim 07-16-2008 03:00 PM

How long did it take your tank to get an ammonia reading. There is quite a bit of fish food in mine, and I add more every day. It has been over a week and there is still no ammonia :( . Could it be my test kit, it is really old?? Anyway, I just wondered how long it took yours because we are using the same method. Thank you.

Meatpuppet 07-16-2008 04:29 PM

i got a good ammonia reading after a week and a half. its not your test kit kim, (i thought the same thing of all mine) they cant get old. but after a few more days, the ammonia decended to zero. im just waiting for the flippin' nitrite to finally die.

thats funny your tank worked out like that too Little-fizz.

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