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hey all,
It's my first fishless cycle and I'm a little confused....Tanks been set up for 2 weeks....

steps since setup:

1. added ammonia to 4.5ppm
2. waited until 0ppm ammonia reading
3. adding same amount daily since initial 0 ammonia reading.

Water Parameters today:
Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: .5-0
Nitrate: 5

How is everything coming along? how much longer? 1-2 weeks?

Thanks and sorry for another fishless cycle thread :oops: ....I intend to use this as a journal from this day forward.
 

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harsh... :popcorn:

under_control said:
oscarlover43055 said:
Why would you add ammonia?
Try researching fishless cycle before you go about questioning someones practices.

The cycle is going well, give it a week or two.
 

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under_control said:
oscarlover43055 said:
Why would you add ammonia?
Try researching fishless cycle before you go about questioning someones practices.

The cycle is going well, give it a week or two.
Thats about what I expected....I think I'm in the transition stage...I'm waiting for the Nitrite to spike next correct?
 

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today's Readings:

Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: .15
Nitrate: 10

Hows things coming? how much longer? its been 3 weeks today.
 

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take times bro....my just done today ...keep adding ammonia every days till u see nitrite drop to 0ppm....
 

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well done and continue to be patient, i did it months ago and it will help the fish in the longrun
 

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todays readings:

Ammonia: 0ppm
Nitrite: 1
Nirate: 8

What should i be looking for for the nitrite spike? just a high number and it will drop suddenly.... I'm coming up on 4 weeks cycling now FYI
 

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Today's Readings....think im getting close...

Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 5 - highest the test kit goes.
Nitrate: 5

One question i have is how should i keep the ammonia being added if I'm gone for the 4th weekend. I usually add the ammonia once daily around 5pm...i will most likely be gone from friday morning until sunday afternoon...what should i do to not mess up the cycle process.
 

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todays readings are the same as last......

any solution to keep adding ammonia while im gone??

thanks
 

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Keep going, the Nitrite takes longer to zero out than the amonia. I found this is the part of the cycle when real patience is tested because it is so close to the end! If the Nitrite is still extermely high the day you leave just add it the morning you leave and add as soon as you get back on Sunday (you will lose minimal bacteria). It will be fine for the Saturday without. When my Nitrite was off the charts it took well over a week to come down. Another option is have someone add the bit you put out for them and with no fish in there they can't really do any harm.
 
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