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AmiJane AmiJane
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  • Posted on: 3/1 19:55
Re: Too much ammonia #1
Done another test tonight. Ammonia reading at 3 but nitrite has increased to 8.

I’ve had a my delivery of Dr Tim’s once and only which says reduces ammonia & nitrite naturally whilst adding the good bacteria.

Worth just adding this or do you think best to do a partial water change then add it??


AmiJane AmiJane
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  • Posted on: 3/1 8:45
Too much ammonia #2
Been following the instructions of the cycling article

3) The following day use the ammonia test kit to measure the ammonia in the tank.If it’s below 3ppm (parts per million) use the ammonia calculator below to calculate how much ammonia to add to bring the level back to 3ppm. It may take several days before you see a significant drop.
4) Repeat step 3 every day. This process is to start the cycle off (the initial bacterial growth) and keep the bacteria alive by feeding them ammonia at the correct concentrations in the tank water.
5) After about a week you can start to test for nitrite in the water. Ammonia is converted to Nitrite in the first part of the cycle so when you can detect it, it means the cycle has started.
6) Continue testing for ammonia every day. Whenever it drops below 3ppm add enough ammonia to bring the level back up to 3ppm using the calculator to obtain the correct dose. Also test for nitrite every other day. You should see nitrite rise and then start falling after a few weeks

got a healthy ammonia reading of between 3/4ppm and yesterday nitrite was at a reading of 4.

Reading other posts there is conflicting information as to whether to follow the above instructions and every time the ammonia drops below the 3ppm to top it up whereas other posts have said don't top up until the ammonia goes down to 0.

feeling rather confused.


AmiJane AmiJane
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  • Posted on: 27/12 9:54
Re: I don't know what I need to do next with my fishless cycling! #3
Fab thanks. Is it worth adding that to the article??


AmiJane AmiJane
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  • Posted on: 26/12 22:53
Re: I don't know what I need to do next with my fishless cycling! #4
Sorry to jump on this post but thought better than having yet another cycling post. I’m confused by the cycling article and need a bit of help please

3) The following day use the ammonia test kit to measure the ammonia in the tank.If it’s below 3ppm (parts per million) use the ammonia calculator below to calculate how much ammonia to add to bring the level back to 3ppm. It may take several days before you see a significant drop.
4) Repeat step 3 every day. This process is to start the cycle off (the initial bacterial growth) and keep the bacteria alive by feeding them ammonia at the correct concentrations in the tank water.
5) After about a week you can start to test for nitrite in the water. Ammonia is converted to Nitrite in the first part of the cycle so when you can detect it, it means the cycle has started.
6) Continue testing for ammonia every day. Whenever it drops below 3ppm add enough ammonia to bring the level back up to 3ppm using the calculator to obtain the correct dose. Also test for nitrite every other day. You should see nitrite rise and then start falling after a few weeks

Adding Fish
When ammonia and nitrite readings have returned to zero the cycle has completed. If your nitrate reading is above 40 you will need to do some water changes to bring this down. Test your tap water for nitrate first, it may be too high to use to dilute the nitrate in the tank.
The bacteria will need a constant supply of ammonia to keep the cycle going so if you have a cycled tank and aren’t adding fish just yet you need to keep the bacteria alive by continuously adding ammonia or food.

If the ammonia reading needs to be 0 but you have to keep topping it up to say 3ppm how do you know when it has actually finished the cycle as surely will always have an ammonia reading from where you keep adding it?

From the above post am I right in saying if the ammonia reading is 0 and you add more to top up to 3ppm then after 24 hours both ammonia and nitrite are 0 that’s then it? Just want to be 100% sure!


AmiJane AmiJane
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  • Posted on: 28/11/2019 13:10
Re: How many filters do you use??? #5
Thanks. I only ever kept one filter going when I had my coldwater tanks years ago. Didn't know if this was a "new" thing of doubling up on the filters. Think will do the same and just keep a spare in case!


AmiJane AmiJane
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  • Posted on: 28/11/2019 7:26
How many filters do you use??? #6
Just read this on a website...

“If possible, give preference to two smaller, independent filters than a single larger one. It makes things easier for you and more secure for your tank - if one of the filters clogs or stops working you don't lose all of your filtering capacity.”

Can see the logic obviously. What do people actually do? One or two filters... more??

Currently purchasing items for my new tank. I was going to be buying the Fluval U4 but now wondering whether to get two of the U2 or a U3 and a U1????


AmiJane AmiJane
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  • Posted on: 13/11/2019 21:38
Re: Aqua One or Juwel?? #7
Just also done a water hardness lookup, which is showing very hard

CALCIUM 148 mg/l
TOTAL HARDNESS 370 mg/l
Degrees German 20.72
FLUORIDE 0.685 mg/l

Given I was looking at Mollies this would be ok but limits me with other tank mates that I was hoping to get 🙁


AmiJane AmiJane
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  • Posted on: 13/11/2019 19:48
Re: Aqua One or Juwel?? #8
Thanks for the response. I’m not that much of a short #OOPS# so the heights would not be an issue (might if I went for the Juwel 200 rather than 110). Have measured the space out etc. Had a lovely 6ft tank at my parents for my cold water tank, unfortunately don’t have that kind of space in my own place.

The lid is another thing that puts me off the Aqua One. Only one light and can’t really seem to find replacements that easily. Juwel stuff you can get anywhere!

Good shout also with the auto feeder - another plus for the Juwel!


AmiJane AmiJane
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  • Posted on: 12/11/2019 21:06
Aqua One or Juwel?? #9
After an absence of over 10 years I’m looking to get back into keeping fish again. However rather than cold water looking to go tropical. Been lurking in the background doing a lot of reading.

Currently looking at an Aqua One 110 or the Juwel Lido 120. Had a Juwel before but wondering what current views/recommendations are please??

Aqua One would go better with my furniture but obviously the fish come first!


AmiJane AmiJane
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  • Posted on: 2/3/2013 19:41
Re: I'm Back!!! #10
Thanks Suey :) hope your keeping well.

Thanks Cathie will bear that in mind still doing plenty of research ATM
We can only please one person a day, today is not your day and tomorrow doesn't look good either



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