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Hello,

I'm trying to get the fishless cycle right on a new tank, but I've run in to one or two problems.

I'm using the fish food method as a source of ammonia, but I'm five days in and seeing relatively low levels of ammonia (0.25ppm rising to 0.5ppm today). I've been testing daily and adding an increasing amount of food because it's well below the 3ppm that I've read's recommended.

Anyone able to steer me in the right direction? Should I just keep adding food until I reach the threshold? I'm a little wary that there's quite a lot sitting at the bottom of the tank already. Perhaps it just takes time for the food to decay and provide a source of ammonia? Maybe I should just get some ammonia to jumpstart the process?

I have a planted tank that's been up-and-running a few weeks (most of that time was spent reading up on the nitrogen cycle before getting stuck in), could that make a difference?

If I can provide further information, please let me know. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Chris
 
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