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lillian
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PostPosted: 2003.08.21(Thu)10:10    Post subject: cycling interruptus--need advice Reply with quote

I have a 15g Eclipse planted system that I began fishless cycling with ammonia about 2 1/2 months ago. Approx. 3 weeks ago, the readings were 0 ammonia and 1.0 to 2.0 nitrite after spiking.

I then had a family emergency that required I go out of town. Thus, no ammonia had been added for 3 weeks. I added a few drops of ammonia yesterday and waited 8 hours to test. The readings are 2.0 for nitrite and .5 to 1.0 ammonia.

I would like advice about how to proceed. Should I continue to add ammonia and wait for the readings to spike and go done? Also should I drain and add fresh water? I have a lot of algae right not that I need to clean.

Thanks for any advice!
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Mike
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PostPosted: 2003.08.21(Thu)12:18    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just leave the water as it is for the moment, untill the ammonia goes to zero, and wait till the Nitrite goes to 0 also.

Do an 80 to 90 % water change, then you should be able to add fish.

The water change is to remove any other toxins that is in the ammonia and to remove the nitrate created from the bio process.
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PostPosted: 2003.08.21(Thu)13:33    Post subject: Reply with quote

I suggest disreguarding Mike's advice. While you were away if there was a lapse in the ammonia source (manuall adding) you could have bacteria die off. Assuming you have detailed instructions or an article you are following pick up where you left off. When both drop to zero do a 50-75% water change or whatever your instructions dictate. Remeber, it's important not to fully stock your tank right away. In my 75 I started with 10 cardnials and 2 oto's after my fishless. It took a month before I added my corries, gourami, and my angels. I still have some more to add as well. Patience is more than a virtue in this biz.
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