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Max77 09-23-2008 07:53 PM

Nitrites
 
Ive been cycling my ten gallon tank for about two months now. I have been checking my water parameters every other day waiting for nitrites to show up. They never showed up. My water parameters are Ammonia 1 Nitrites 0 Nitrates 0 and ph is 8. I am cycling with three danios and filter in whisper internal 20. Thanks Max

SheyFirestar 09-23-2008 10:44 PM

how much and how often are you doing water changes?
what kind of test kit are you using? is there any chance its not accurate?

Max77 09-24-2008 05:33 AM

I have probably been doing 10% once a week. I use Api matser test kit. I am starting to become impatient because I thought cycling took one month but I guess I was wrong thanks Max

1077 09-24-2008 06:23 AM

Have you changed or cleaned the filter? this is where the majority of bacteria (the good kind) that breaks down the ammonia and renders nitrites is found. Have you been vaccuming the bottom of the tank? this too is an area that bacteria develops in or on. Best not to disturb these areas until tank has matured or cycled. If filter becomes clogged you may swish it around in old aquarium water and stick it back in. Bacteria grows on everything in the tank. Decorations , gravel,wood,glass, plants either real or artificial. If one cleans these areas then bacteria cannot grow as well as it can if left alone. You can always clean these areas later. I believe you are on the right track for you don't mention any dead fish. Don't add ANY chemicals to your water other than dechlorinator. But then you know that don't you? :wink:

Max77 09-24-2008 06:03 PM

Thanks for the reply. I did change the filter in the first week, but that was still 7 weeks ago. I havent done a gravel vac because I was afraid to ruin the bacteria bed. I have taken this time to research a LOT, and I can almost consider myself a nonnoob :D. I am proud that I havent killed one of my fish although they are zebra danios, probably the most hardy of all.

Thanks
Max

SheyFirestar 09-25-2008 12:55 AM

my tank took ages to cycle. almost 2 and a half months. just be patient and your tank will cycle.

Amphitrite 09-25-2008 05:46 AM

If you want to try and speed up the cycle process, try and get some mature media from another tank in the form of either gravel/ornaments or filter floss/sponges. Just make sure that the tank you get the media from is healthy without any illnesses in it.

Max77 09-25-2008 09:17 PM

Thanks for the replies. I guess I'll just have to wait it out :(

Max


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