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Re: Help - First time fish keeper #11
Hi Fish Lady thanks for the reply

I have checked my levels again today

Ammonia has dropped to 0.25 even after adding some to the tank yesterday

Nitrites have dropped to 0.25

Nitrates have risen to 5ppm, maybe a wee bit more

I have added more ammonia today.

When I complete the water change what % do you suggest?
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Re: Help - First time fish keeper #12
Do at least 50%
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Re: Help - First time fish keeper #13
Hi

So my ammonia has started to rise slowly over the last couple of days from 0.25-1ppm.

My nitrites have stayed steady at sound 0.25ppm

Bit worried that my ammonia is rising again, should I stop adding it to the water now?

Nitrates are staying around the 3-5ppm range.

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Re: Help - First time fish keeper #14
There can sometimes be a few blips and appearances of ammonia or nitrite towards the end of the process, so don't be too alarmed - but, yes, that will need to be "smoothed out" and both come down to 0 before the process is complete. Sometimes, people add a smaller amount of ammonia (eg 2ppm rather than 3ppm) at this stage but I'd prefer to defer to Fishlady to advise you on when / how much to add as she has much more expertise on fishless cycling than I have.
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Re: Help - First time fish keeper #15
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There can sometimes be a few blips and appearances of ammonia or nitrite towards the end of the process, so don't be too alarmed - but, yes, that will need to be "smoothed out" and both come down to 0 before the process is complete. Sometimes, people add a smaller amount of ammonia (eg 2ppm rather than 3ppm) at this stage but I'd prefer to defer to Fishlady to advise you on when / how much to add as she has much more expertise on fishless cycling than I have.


Thank you

I followed your advice yesterday and my ammonia levels decreased by half so I have done the same again today.

Thanks again
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Re: Help - First time fish keeper #16
Hello

So far the last 12 days nitrates have sat at 5ppm, today the reading has shot up to a very dark red, I would say between 80 and 160

My nitrites are very low, 0.25, possibly even less
Ammonia sitting at 2ppm, this is the highest reading for a while

Does it sound like things are still on track. I’m surprised at how much nitrates have jumped
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Re: Help - First time fish keeper #17
It's quite normal to get a very sudden drop in nitrite and a corresponding rise in nitrate in the final stages. You're very nearly there
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Re: Help - First time fish keeper #18
Thank you Fish Lady

Tonight my nitrites are 0 and ammonia dropped to 0.25

I have noticed my PH has dropped to 6.4, I’m guessing this is because of the higher nitrates.

When I complete a 50% water change it is ok for me to directly fill the tank from the tap and add the water safe to the tank as it is filling or do I need to let the water sit separately for some time before adding?

Thanks again and thanks for all the advice
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Re: Help - First time fish keeper #19
You can fill from the tap as long as you add the dechlorinator first, and use a dose sufficient for the whole tank volume.