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PostPosted: 2013.07.07(Sun)14:11    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did a new ammonia test because I was curious (only been like 3 days but like I said I got curious. But it has some interesting results. My amonia has gone from .25ppm to 0 and my nitries are still at 0 but I ran a nitrates test just to see what I got....it came back at 40ppm. Not .40 but a full fledged 40.
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PostPosted: 2013.07.07(Sun)14:48    Post subject: Reply with quote

That'd imply a full cycle, somehow. Do a 25% water change and let the system "cook" until tomorrow. If you still have 0/0/Something, I'd call that cycled.
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PostPosted: 2013.07.07(Sun)14:56    Post subject: Reply with quote

How in the world would it cycle in like 4-5 days?
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PostPosted: 2013.07.07(Sun)15:01    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bump the ammoini up to 4ppm and if that clears in 24 hours with a rise in nitrates the tank is cycled.

As it is it is probably showing tapwater readings. You can get 40ppm nitrates in some tapwater.
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PostPosted: 2013.07.08(Mon)5:23    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm using well water not tap water. And how do I get my ammonia up to 4ppm at will? When adding a little fish food everyday I had it at point two five ppm and with this last test it is at 0, doesn't that sound like it just went down instead of a cycle?
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PostPosted: 2013.07.08(Mon)18:56    Post subject: Bacteria Reply with quote

No. Different bacteria are forming currently in your tank to do different jobs. Keep applying food to allow the process to continue. Maybe add a little more at a time.
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PostPosted: 2013.07.08(Mon)20:35    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh I get what all the bacteria and stuff do. But in 3 days it went from almost nothing to nothing and I didn't even test my nitrates on the first day because I was so sure it didn't cycle. Will keep adding food I guess.
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PostPosted: 2013.07.09(Tue)1:26    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you tested your well water?
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PostPosted: 2013.07.09(Tue)6:41    Post subject: Well Water Reply with quote

Very good idea. Well water could be providing something.
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PostPosted: 2013.07.09(Tue)10:50    Post subject: Reply with quote

Test it with my master test kit you mean? No I haven't. I'm thinking it cycled thought. Might run out today to get a couple small guys to bring them home to a new tank.
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