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My ammonia dropped to 0pmm (have re-dosed to 2ppm), nitrite is 2ppm and nitrate is 40ppm, so what do I do now? Do I just continue to wait until the nitrites drop to zero?
 

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Yes. If you are not using bottled bacteria, expect them to climb before they drop.
 

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I used seachem stability for the first 7 days but I did a large water change when my nitrites exceeded 5ppms. So I'm thinking I lost those bacteria since the water change. I'm 14 days in my cycle..
 

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Well they need to be zero. I don't know how to predict if bottled bacteria is involved. Are you adding ammonia to 2ppm daily?
 

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this part is what I need to be doing but it will be tough having to do daily water changes of 30%.

"Here is what your daily routine going forward will look like:

• Test for nitrite, perform water change, and then add ammonia.
• Next day; test for nitrite, perform water change.
• Next day; test for nitrite, perform water change, and then add ammonia.
• Next day; test for nitrite, perform water change.
• Next day; test for nitrite, perform water change, and then add ammonia.

"The daily tests of nitrite will let you know the effect of the water changes on the nitrite level. You are looking for a zero reading, of course, but that can take a while. Only test for nitrite once per day, about the same time each day. Again, do not test any longer for ammonia."
 

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You said your nitrite was 2ppm. So you can leave it go an extra day.

This is in the next part of the article: Make an effort to keep nitrite down below 5ppm by way of small, partial water changes.

Are you using a Python to change the water?
 

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No I'm using buckets and a hose from outside when I've done a 70% change. When I measure my nitrites the color in the vial doesn't match up with the chart but it it is in the 1-2ppm range it seems.
 

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OK well you don't want to go too low because the nitrites are feeding the bacteria you are trying to grow at this point. But you will want to get a python so you can match the water temps. Ongoing and now. The bacteria grow better is the water is on the warm side.
 

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I warm the water in buckets when I do regular water changes, I use a digital thermometer to measure the water temperature, and I'm not so sure a python will connect to my old bathroom faucet. I was instructed to do a 70% water change if the nitrites hit 5ppms in the other fishless cycling guide but I won;t do that again. I read the guide you showed me and I see some overlap between the two but I am following yours now. The fishless cycling guide you suggested spells it out better and has details not included in the one I was using.
 

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But also it is much easier (even if you have to change or add a faucet somewhere) to do water changes with a Python...even when you are doing them once/week.

I use my basement laundry tub faucet which I made sure was Python friendly and had hot and cold. Also I have a 50 foot Python and it has no problem pumping water from basement to first floor.
 

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I don't see any color, I would not rely on the post. There is no special color for being stalled. Has it been six weeks since you first added ammonia? How many days has it been?
 
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