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post #11 of 17 Old 02-08-2015, 05:49 AM
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Just make sure to worry about the bacteria when cleaning the filter, just clean enough gunk to keep it working well.
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post #12 of 17 Old 02-08-2015, 07:15 AM
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hi ThaMilkshakeMAN:

It sure sounds like you have a cycled tank -- congrats!

Yes, if the ammonia concentration is too high it can actually kill the nitrifying bacteria (ironic, isn't it?).

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So, just an update : I was away for two days and came back, and first thing I did was test the water.
My levels are now :
Ammonia - 0.00
Nitrite - 0.00
Nitrate - 30-40 ppm

Water change time!!!
So it seems to me like my tank is good to go now!
From reading some of these forum posts, it sounds like if the Ammonia levels get too high, it can cause the bacteria to sort of "hibernate" ?
So I'm wondering if that may have been what happened my first time around.
I will continue to monitor it, but hopefully this is a good sign!

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post #13 of 17 Old 02-10-2015, 10:57 AM
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hi ThaMilkshakeMAN:

It sure sounds like you have a cycled tank -- congrats!

Yes, if the ammonia concentration is too high it can actually kill the nitrifying bacteria (ironic, isn't it?).

-Yorg

Hold on

Not quite.

That very could be a planted cycle and in that case the plants are consuming the ammonia. If pH goes up and nitrates down then you will have a completed planted cycle. Without any water changes.


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maintain Fw and marine system with a strong emphasis on balanced, stabilized system that as much as possible are self substaning.

have maintained FW systems for up to 9 years with descendants from original fish and marine aquariums for up to 8 years.

With no water changes, untreated tap water, inexpensive lighting by first starting the tank with live plants (FW) or macro algae( marine)

see: https://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...-build-295530/
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post #14 of 17 Old 02-10-2015, 11:02 AM Thread Starter
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Hold on

Not quite.

That very could be a planted cycle and in that case the plants are consuming the ammonia. If pH goes up and nitrates down then you will have a completed planted cycle. Without any water changes.


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Well my PH did definitely go up recently, but my Nitrates have only been going down with water changes..
I think my PH went up to about 8.4 last time I checked! (Sunday night).
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post #15 of 17 Old 02-10-2015, 09:00 PM Thread Starter
Okay so tonight the readings are :
Ammonia 0.00
Nitrite 0.00
Nitrate 40
PH 8.2
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post #16 of 17 Old 02-11-2015, 09:38 AM
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Okay so tonight the readings are :
Ammonia 0.00
Nitrite 0.00
Nitrate 40
PH 8.2
that's good.

Now watch nitrates start to drop down in a few weeks or less.

maintain Fw and marine system with a strong emphasis on balanced, stabilized system that as much as possible are self substaning.

have maintained FW systems for up to 9 years with descendants from original fish and marine aquariums for up to 8 years.

With no water changes, untreated tap water, inexpensive lighting by first starting the tank with live plants (FW) or macro algae( marine)

see: https://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...-build-295530/
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I will continue to keep an eye on it! Thanks!
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