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Fishyfishfish Fishyfishfish
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  • Posted on: 9/10/2019 11:29
Re: Fishless cycle is just not working, guidance needed.... #31
Okay, nitrates straight from the tap is between 10-20ppm, nitrates in the tank looks more like 160ppm, the darkest red on the chart, but I always struggle to match the colours with nitrates.


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  • Posted on: 9/10/2019 7:56
Re: Fishless cycle is just not working, guidance needed.... #32
I just wanted to give an update on this cycle but I think it has stalled.

I've just tested both ammonia and nitrite and nitrite is showing 0ppm and I tested it twice. There has been a constant source of ammonia, and I've been extra cautious about this, making sure it doesn't run out. Is it possible that nitrites are at a high level but the test kit doesn't recognise this, or has the cycle stopped? Surely I should be getting some kind of nitrite reading?


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  • Posted on: 2/10/2019 15:05
Re: Fishless cycle is just not working, guidance needed.... #33
I started adding the Fluval Cycle as per the instructions, dosing 25ml per 40l, a day later there was still no Nitrites so I tipped the whole bottle in and now, finally, I have Nitrites at last! Current levels are 1ppm so hopefully this will now continue without issues.


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  • Posted on: 26/9/2019 10:49
Re: Fishless cycle is just not working, guidance needed.... #34
Assuming everything is ok I’ve ordered a bottle of the Fluval Cycle in hope that it’ll kickstart the process.


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  • Posted on: 25/9/2019 17:41
Re: Fishless cycle is just not working, guidance needed.... #35
I use Dorset pea gravel.


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  • Posted on: 25/9/2019 16:32
Re: Fishless cycle is just not working, guidance needed.... #36
Okay, I've done the Gh & Kh test with API liquid test and both of them are actually beyond the range of the kit i.e it took more than 12 drops in each test tube to turn the water the desired colour, so the values are above 214ppm.

What does this actually mean for me in layman's terms?


Fishyfishfish Fishyfishfish
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  • Posted on: 23/9/2019 14:28
Re: Fishless cycle is just not working, guidance needed.... #37
I've ordered a Gh & Kh test kit but, in the meantime, would I benefit from considering some nitrifying bacteria, perhaps Dr. Tim's One & Only or a Fluval Cycle? I don't really trust them myself but people are leaving positive feedback for them so there must be some benefit to using them.

What would be your recommendation if you were to choose one to use?


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  • Posted on: 21/9/2019 16:50
Re: Fishless cycle is just not working, guidance needed.... #38
I'll get one ordered for next week it can't hurt to see what's what. The thing is, we are living in the same town, and the water information is the same as much as I can tell, so I can't see that being the issue.


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  • Posted on: 21/9/2019 6:01
Re: Fishless cycle is just not working, guidance needed.... #39
That Platy was in a 24 litre quarantine tank, which I shut down (along with my 125 litre tank) because we moved. I gave the fish to my lfs because I wanted to start from scratch. If I had a mature tank with a seeded filter I would have cannabalised some of the media long before asking for help:).

I don't have the option of asking anyone for some either unfortunately, so I guess I need some bicarbonate of soda.


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  • Posted on: 20/9/2019 21:48
Re: Fishless cycle is just not working, guidance needed.... #40
No, our water here is hard - 13.90 German degrees according to Severn Trent water.



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