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I took a day of from testing the water and also Monday was the last day of dosing with biozyme. Tonight I got the following measurements:
Ammonia:.25ppm
Nitrites: .25 ppm
Nirates: 20 ppm

I dosed ammonia back up to what should be 2-3ppm. I didn't measure it again yet. So if nitrites and ammonia measure zero in 24hrs I have cycled? If not what do I do? Just keep measuring and keeping the ammonia up? Until it gets to 0 after 24 hours? Thank you all who have been following this and helping me out!
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personally I give it a few days of consistent zeroing out before I consider a tank cycled. Your nitrAtes should also spike around the time ammonia/nitrites zero out so you will probably have to do a water change to bring the nitrates down to <20.
 

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Yes. Thank you! That is happening right now. My ammonia was less then .25ppm this morning but not yet 0.0 nitrites were also less then .25 but not 0.0. Nirates continue to rise from 10-20 then usually 20-30 two to three days after a water change. Do I need to keep doing water changes to keep nitrates below 20 if I'm not getting fish yet? I have to go out of town soon (poor timing nitrogen cycle) will it be a problem to leave it for a few days? A quick reply would be greatly appreciated as we leave tomorrow. Thank you!!

Kate
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