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Re: Help! Cycling stalled or just slow?

Subject: Re: Help! Cycling stalled or just slow?
by EvaBee on 7/2/2021 17:26:38

Hello! Thanks so much for your help. A quick update...

We’ve done 3 x 50% water changes over the last couple of days and skipped ammonia dosing. Finally got nitrite and nitrate readings back on the charts so must have been ridiculously high!

Now water parameters are:
PH: 7.6
Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0.50
Nitrate: 20
KH: 3 drops

Have redosed ammonia to 2ppm. So will wait to see what happens tomorrow. Do we just let the nitrites climb again and leave it now for a bit? Or do we do more water changes to keep within test ranges? And do we continue with 2ppm ammonia daily or every other day?

Have been adding bicarbonate of soda to boost pH and KH (now got up to 3 drops) but what levels of KH should we be aiming for (for this cycling phase) to prevent stalling again?

We are happy to carry on being patient as we want to get this right but feel like we need a bit of guidance so we don’t mess up now.

Thank you 😊