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cycle again and what?

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the tank is been cycle for that last ( cant remember) but more than a month for sure ...last few week i did a w/c 35% to bring the nitrate down from 150ppm to about reading few day ago
ammonia 0.25ppm
nitrite 1ppm
nitrate 80ppm
now just 5min ago
ammonia 0.25ppm
nitrite 0ppm
nitrate 20ppm
i test is 2times same reading ....did i do some wrong when i did the w/c .why my nitrate drop ...should my nitrate be higher when my tank done cycle .....and if nitrite 0ppm why ammonia still there????anyone know????
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are you doing a fishless cycle?
I dont think you need to start over... but you will definatly have to get the nitrates down before adding any fish.

What size tank are you cycling? How much ammo are you adding and how often are you adding it?

I'm thinking you are adding a little too much ammo and that is why you are getting the ammo reading. The nitrates are that high because that is the byproduct of the cycle.

I think you said your nitrItes are 0.0ppm... right?
congrats... you are done...
go buy a ton of fish for that bad boy.
nitrates generally wont drop unless there has been a large water change.

I would call it bad test results. Test it again. If if reads 20 ppm again, then I'd call it done.

If you want to be more sure, take a water sample to a LFS or 2 and get them to test it.
i'd say that the current 20 ppm test is accurate... and question that older test of 100 ppm.

I'm no expert, but that test are all inline now. If you are still questioning it, take a water sample to a LFS and see what their test reveal.

If theirs are inline with what your current test are showing, then you're done.

Throw some fish in.
Hoggy Boss said:
i think you should take a dump on your test kit and go get a new one...

either that, or you are way off on your testing abilities.

I've never seen numbers this all over the place.
I'd take a water sample to a LFS and see what they say...

good luck as I'm as confused as you are.
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