Nitrite Cucle nearing completion?
Alright I have had this tank only a few days.
But my ammonia seems rather low for one figure 8 puffer. He is a messy eater so a lot of food just falls to the bottom of the tank.
This was a used aqaurium and I did not change the bio wheel in the filter.
When I picked up the tank it looked like it hadn't been used in a while though.
Is my nitrate cycle barely starting or is it nearly finished?
I know it is mean to use live fish. However this fish was bought for me when I was sick and before I knew about the nitrate cycle. He's doing fine!!
What test kit are you using? Unless my eyes are deceiving me, the results appear that you seem stuck to only ammonia.:blink:
API Master Fresh Water Test Kit
This tank filter does use carbon.
Looks like your cycle is just starting. You will get readings for ammonia for a while, then they will turn to nitrites and then to nitrates. Your cycle is finished when you have 0 ammonia, 0 nitrites and a reading of nitrates under 40ppm.
The cycle could take anywhere between a few weeks and a few months, which is why I have stated "for a while" rather than giving any guidelines on how long each stage might be.
You have a good test kit however, so if you take regular reading you will see changes in the readings in time.
Good luck. :)
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