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I'm pretty sure ammonia can't kill the bacteria. Considering ammonia is what they eat, and what you need in order to make them colonize in the first place.
 

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Well, maybe it is the curse of the 29g. Tested the water just now - showing about 4 ppm ammonia and 2 ppm nitrite. I went to the LFS again today and completely forgot to get more nitrate tester, but that's not really important just yet. It's about time!
 

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i just wonder if its because of their extra height that they cycle slower. it took my biowheel almost 3 months to populate. but when it happened it was like over night full brown coverage. which from what i hear is normally looking like that pretty much right after or during the cycle.

edit* i dont think that ammonia could kill the bacteria, though in that high of a concentration its possible that it would not be its optimum growing situation. just like temp. sure you can cycle a tank at room temp but most people say 80 degrees is optimum. ammonia would be the same im sure but sadly none of the companies that have done research on the bacteria will release their work because we could then cycle tanks faster and without their products.
 
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