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excal88 04-17-2011 10:30 PM

How close to finishing my cycle am I?
 
Hello! Just as the threat says, I'm curious on how close I am to finishing the cycle for my 12 gallon tank. Right now everything seems really high, ammonia level at 4ppm, nitrite levels at 5+ ppm, and nitrate levels at 20-30 ppm. Its only been a week (although I did seed it a little bit from a slightly established tank), and I know the ammonia and nitrite levels are crazy high, but should I just wait it out until ammonia and nitrite tests at 0 ppm via nature, or should I do pwc to lower it? The ammonia level did drop 1 ppm from 5 down to 4 since I tested it at the beginning of the week, and I just used the API liquid nitrite and nitrate tests today and came up with some readings *previously used API 5 in 1 test strip testers; did them 2-3 days ago and no trace of nitrite or nitrates* Thanks!

1077 04-18-2011 03:05 AM

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Originally Posted by excal88 (Post 651550)
Hello! Just as the threat says, I'm curious on how close I am to finishing the cycle for my 12 gallon tank. Right now everything seems really high, ammonia level at 4ppm, nitrite levels at 5+ ppm, and nitrate levels at 20-30 ppm. Its only been a week (although I did seed it a little bit from a slightly established tank), and I know the ammonia and nitrite levels are crazy high, but should I just wait it out until ammonia and nitrite tests at 0 ppm via nature, or should I do pwc to lower it? The ammonia level did drop 1 ppm from 5 down to 4 since I tested it at the beginning of the week, and I just used the API liquid nitrite and nitrate tests today and came up with some readings *previously used API 5 in 1 test strip testers; did them 2-3 days ago and no trace of nitrite or nitrates* Thanks!

What is the source of ammonia?
Can you borrow more seed material from an exisrting tank?

excal88 04-18-2011 04:21 AM

I used fish food as the source of ammonia, and I can seed some more material.

1077 04-18-2011 05:00 AM

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Originally Posted by excal88 (Post 651685)
I used fish food as the source of ammonia, and I can seed some more material.

I would add some more seed material and wait. The fact that you have nitrites is indication that bacteria are working, and you also have nitrAtes which is good.
Don't add any more food, and when ammonia and nitrites are zero for a couple three days straight,then perform a 60 to 70 percent water change to lower nitrAtes and either add a couple three small fish, or feed the tank a pinch (not much), of food each day until you are ready to place the two or three small fish in the tank.

excal88 04-18-2011 05:07 AM

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Originally Posted by 1077 (Post 651689)
I would add some more seed material and wait. The fact that you have nitrites is indication that bacteria are working, and you also have nitrAtes which is good.
Don't add any more food, and when ammonia and nitrites are zero for a couple three days straight,then perform a 60 to 70 percent water change to lower nitrAtes and either add a couple three small fish, or feed the tank a pinch (not much), of food each day until you are ready to place the two or three small fish in the tank.

Yea, I haven't added any food to the tank for a little over a week. I currently have 2 panda corys in my 5 gallon tank thats pretty much done cycling, and I plan to add 2 more for a total of 4 corys. From the sounds of it though my second tank is cycling a lot faster than I expected. Woohoo! Thanks 1077!

excal88 04-18-2011 08:58 PM

Update!

So right now my ammonia levels dropped quite a bit, from 3/4 ppm down to .5/1 ppm. However, nitrite levels are still crazy high, above 5 ppm. Nitrate levels are 20-30ppm, and my pH is between 7.6 and 8.0, a little high but I'll do some water changes once the levels are down to lower the pH. Should I add some food, like 2-3 sinking wafers if my ammonia levels drop down to 0 before my nitrites? Or should I just leave it alone and wait till the nitrite clears up on its own? Thanks!


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