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High Nitrate in Cycling Tank
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Lily
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PostPosted: 2011.01.28(Fri)9:38    Post subject: High Nitrate in Cycling Tank Reply with quote

I'm in the process of doing a fishless cycle which is taking rather a long time, but today my readings are: Ammonia 0 (1st day its been 0) Nitrite 3.3 (it's been this for about a week now) and Nitrate >110 (my chart only goes up to this but it looks like its gone off the chart)

I've received some new plants today for the community tank and I intend to put some of the older ones in the new tank and was wondering if it would be OK to put them in with these readings? One of the plants is a rather lovely Cryptocorene on lava rock, the other 2 Anubias nanas on wood and I don't want to spoil them. Do you think they'll suffer if I put them in with such high reading
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diademhill
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PostPosted: 2011.01.28(Fri)10:09    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd wait to put in the plants.

Do a 50% water change and then refeed with ammonia.
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PostPosted: 2011.01.28(Fri)12:26    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why put more ammonia in? I've just got that down to 0 and am now waiting for the Nitrite to start dropping.
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PostPosted: 2011.01.28(Fri)12:47    Post subject: Reply with quote

If the first lot of bacteria run out of ammonia they start to die off and stop producing nitrite so you can get to zero nitrite with insufficient bacteria to support fish. You need to keep adding ammonia ( or leave in a shrimp) until the cycle is complete.
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