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  • Posted on: 22/6 9:19
Re: PLEASE HELP - cycling question #1
Yes, I'd only like to keep one betta fish. I will definitely try that. 😁


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  • Posted on: 22/6 9:07
Re: PLEASE HELP - cycling question #2
Thank you, I'll try that. Temp is just under 28° already, but I'll lower the water level a bit to increase agitation. I know oxygen is important. And I should ease up on the ammonia a bit? I was just worried I would starve the bacteria. I'm glad to hear that guy's advice was wrong. It really made no sense to me. I just don't understand why this has been taking me so long. I've done everything I can think of to help it along, aside from seeding the tank. I realize it usually does take quite a while, but I'm going on 10 weeks here! Anyways, thanks again for the advice. Hopefully things start to speed up soon.


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  • Posted on: 22/6 0:35
Re: PLEASE HELP - cycling question #3
Ok, so my nitrite appears to be rising, just obviously VERY slowly. It just finally reached 0.50ppm. Nitrates are at approximately 2.5, and ammonia seems to drop very slowly, but has never zeroed out totally. I test every other day, and usually only have to add a couple drops of ammonia 1-2 a weeks to keep it at 2-3ppm. I just asked someone else about this, and he said he thinks "my tank is as cycled as it's going to get, and I should be good to go." That seems very wrong to me. Do I need to just keep being patient, or am I'm missing something here?


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  • Posted on: 20/6 7:57
PLEASE HELP - cycling question #4
Hi there, can someone please give me some advice. I've been cycling my freshwater tank for over 2 months now, and I feel like it's taking forever. I really need to know if I'm doing something wrong, or if I should just keep being patient. The nitrites are taking FOREVER to increase. They are sitting at just over 0.25ppm, and have been for a few weeks. Is it supposed to take this long? Here is the rundown on my setup, if anyone can offer any advice, I would really appreciate it...
5.5gal, using pure ammonia, keeping it at 2-3ppm, water temp 82°, HOB filter on highest flow setting, light off and glass covered with black paper to block out light, dosed with Seachem Stability for 7 days, ph 8.2, I test the parameters every other day using the API master test kit...
If there's anything I should be doing differently, please share. TIA


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  • Posted on: 10/5 16:00
Re: Where are the nitrites!? - a cycling query #5
Ok thanks, I'll do that. Yea all I want is 1 betta fish, I just want to do it properly.


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  • Posted on: 10/5 13:59
Re: Where are the nitrites!? - a cycling query #6
So, I haven't added any more ammonia, and I feel like there may now be the FAINTEST reading of nitrites, but the ammonia doesn't seem to be dropping really at all... Should I do a small wayer change, or just leave it a bit longer?


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  • Posted on: 6/5 18:56
Re: Where are the nitrites!? - a cycling query #7
Temp is at 80°F. Thanks so much, I'll do that and get back to you. :)


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  • Posted on: 6/5 18:43
Re: Where are the nitrites!? - a cycling query #8
Alright, so: Nitrates are sitting just above 0, with the tank water being slightly darker than the tap water. I use the API test kit, so the colour is somewhere between 0-5ppm, tough to say exactly. The ph level is 8, and the water is considered fairly hard. Also, I just started using a bacteria supplement, (Nutrafin Cycle) to see if it helps, thoughts?


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  • Posted on: 6/5 9:51
Re: Where are the nitrites!? - a cycling query #9
Yes, I add a few drops almost every day. I guess I haven't been testing everyday though, only once or twice a week. Every time I check the ammonia, it's about the same, so I've just assumed I was adding the proper amount. Also I haven't been testing nitrates yet, because I thought there wouldn't be any until after the nitrite cycle started.


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  • Posted on: 6/5 9:18
Where are the nitrites!? - a cycling query #10
I've been trying to do a fishless cycle in my 5 gallon tank, and it's not going too well. I've been keeping the ammonia around 4-5ppm, just using pure ammonia, temp. Is 80°F, filter is cranked to max for optimal oxygenation... I've been at this for around a month now, with no signs of nitrites yet. What am I doing wrong!? Any advice would be greatly appreciated, as I'm fairly new to this.