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Sj45 01-22-2009 10:03 PM

No Nitrites Yet
 
Just as I thought ammonia might be lowering (as you can see in my other post)...it didn't and I just did a 50% water change to reduce it from .50 or so to .25.

My Question:

Was a little concerned about when my nitrites might pick up. I am not using any "quick cycling" products such as bio-spora as the majority of you guys said "usually" it doesn't work as well as it says but it's been exactly 11 days and I still have no readings of nitrites. Should i worry?

iamntbatman 01-22-2009 10:05 PM

No need to worry. The aquarium cycle can sometimes take eight weeks or more, so no nitrite reading after 11 days is perfectly normal. Patience is key!

Sj45 01-22-2009 10:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by iamntbatman (Post 165943)
No need to worry. The aquarium cycle can sometimes take eight weeks or more, so no nitrite reading after 11 days is perfectly normal. Patience is key!

8 weeks :( alright thanks...was hoping i'd finish it about a month or so.

Appreciate it, thanks :)

I should have nitrite readings in a week or less shouldn't I? (4-5 days from now)

Twistersmom 01-22-2009 10:30 PM

I am now in the process of a fishless cycle using ammonia. I also added filter media from an established tank. It took 15 days before I got a nitrite reading. Just hang in there, it will happen, sometimes it takes a while.

Sj45 01-22-2009 10:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Twistersmom (Post 165952)
I am now in the process of a fishless cycle using ammonia. I also added filter media from an established tank. It took 15 days before I got a nitrite reading. Just hang in there, it will happen, sometimes it takes a while.

Alright, that's good to hear.


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