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Antmatz Antmatz
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  • Posted on: 9/10 21:11
Re: Fishless cycle is just not working, guidance needed.... #1
Thanks.

Reading the thread I was sure a water change was necessary, so did about 50% change. Retested and redosed ammonia to around 4ppm. Nitrates have dropped to around 20ppm, which is much better than before. Nitrites were still quite high though, going violet after the 5 minute wait, even after the water change so they must have been high.

Is a further water change recommended to get nitrites down further?


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  • Posted on: 9/10 19:59
Re: Fishless cycle is just not working, guidance needed.... #2
Hi sorry to hijack this thread but the advice on this thread leads me to believe I may need to do a water change, thought I’d jump on this post rather than endless cycle posts.

I’ve stated with a completely sterile tank and started the cycle process following the great guide on here, over 6 weeks or so ago, It took almost 3 weeks before my ammonia started to drop and I started to get nitrite readings. “Great” I thought, halfway there. Feeding every day since using the calculator and bottled ammonia, but nitrites have never dropped since spiking a few weeks ago. The last few days the ammonia reduction has stalled too. At one point it was returning to near 0 from 4ppm daily, but now only dropping about 1ppm?

Tank is a biorb life 60 with plenty of rock media. Temps are steady 26 degrees c.

The only thing I changed was I added 4 smallish live plants around 2 weeks ago. I hope this hasn’t caused any issue?

Nitrates are high, will this be the cause of the stalling?

Happy to create a new post if needed.


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  • Posted on: 1/10 18:11
Re: API saltwater vs freshwater kit #3
Thank you. Ordered the SW kit.


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  • Posted on: 1/10 13:05
API saltwater vs freshwater kit #4
I currently have an API freshwater kit but getting low on ammonia, nitrite and nitrate. The saltwater kit is around a third cheaper. Googling leads me to believe that the bottles are the same in both (i acknowledge you only get high range pH in the saltwater kit)

Can anyone confirm the bottles are the same product?

I understand the colour chart may be different on the saltwater one too, but not sure how or why but not relevant as i have the FW kit.