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Is it possible to change water too much when trying to get your tank to cycle? #1
Hi, I have a betta that’s been alone in a new 5 gallon tank for 7 days now and the ammonia remains .25 daily with 0 nitrites and 0 nitrates. The numbers are better than when he was living in a bowl for sure. But when should I expect to see changes in the numbers such that the cycle starts? I do a 20% partial water change every other day. Do the water changes disrupt the cycling? Or Am I being impatient.

Since I’m new to this I’m not sure if this is normal.

As usual, any information would be helpful.

Thank you!
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Re: Is it possible to change water too much when trying to get your tank to cycle? #2
It's likely that it will be a couple of weeks before you start to see nitrite presence. The water changes won't affect cycling - they're crucial, though; if need be, increase the water changes to daily and a larger proportion.

I'll send you a useful link in a PM.
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Re: Is it possible to change water too much when trying to get your tank to cycle? #3
okay. Thank you!