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PostSubject: Cycling   Tue Sep 30, 2008 11:02 pm

Hiya again! Well I have been keeping my head down and getting on with the fishless cycle. You might remember that I put too much in at the first and so had to wait for ages for it to get down to 4 but it did in the end. It was stuck on 4 for a while and I did a water change in the end because I thought I would strart from scratch as I didnt really know what was happening.

Now though I think things are moving because the past couple of days I have had the same results - ammonia 4 nitrite 0.25 ph 7.6. Thing is though that it has been like that for 3 days now and nothing seems to be moving at all. Is this what happens during this thing or is something wrong?
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PostSubject: Re: Cycling   Tue Sep 30, 2008 11:10 pm

Dont worry evie, iit's all ok. All you have to do really is make sure you keep topping up the ammonia to 4 when it is needed and let the bacteria do the rest.

Your readings can be a bit up and down, and sometimes come to a halt for a while but in the end it gets there anyway.

Keep posting your results on here if you like, it can reassure you that it's all going ok Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Cycling   Wed Oct 01, 2008 7:15 am

It's quite common for the cycle to stall for a couple of days and then suddenly take off again so hang in there, evie. You look right on track. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Cycling   Fri Oct 03, 2008 1:11 am

might as well carry on this thread if that's ok - so here's the results for the past couple of days

Wed - ph 7.8, amm 4, nitrite 0.50 !!, nitrate 10

Thurs - ph 7.8, amm 4, nitrite 0.5 - 1.0, nitrate 10.

I still havent had to add any ammonia to the tank - the reading has stayed at 4 all the time, but the nitrite is definately going up.

Is it ok that this is happening but the ammonia is staying the same? I thought that the bugs that eat amonia make the nitrite go up, so wouldnt that mean that the ammonia should be going down?
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PostSubject: Re: Cycling   Fri Oct 03, 2008 7:37 am

That's the general idea. Sometimes it can take a couple of days for the nitrite to increase. Then the ammonia will start to decline. Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Cycling   Mon Oct 06, 2008 9:23 am

how's it going now evie? Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Cycling   Tue Oct 07, 2008 8:40 am

Hiya Munchycarrot, sorry I didnt know you has asked about this plod!

Well, I have been trying not to bother you all with endless questions and queries, but here's where I am now.

For two days I had an Ammonia of 0.5 - 1.0, then it went up to 1.0.

Today though here's my results = ph 7.4, Ammonia 0.5, and the Nitrite has gone up to 2,0.

I am still topping up the Ammonia to 4.0. Is this ok? I know the ammonia should go down and the nitrite should go up, and I have been doing it since Sept 15th, so is this about right for this time along?
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PostSubject: Re: Cycling   Tue Oct 07, 2008 8:48 am

it all sounds ok evie, it can take a while but it will all sort itself out.
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PostSubject: Re: Cycling   Tue Oct 07, 2008 9:47 am

Well if there's one thing that this hobby teaches you - patience is indeed a virtue! Cool

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PostSubject: Re: Cycling   Wed Oct 08, 2008 4:57 am

I have NEVER been that patient Mary! Very Happy

ph 7.4, Ammonia 0, Nitrite 2.5

I have topped the tank up to 4 again - I think that is right, and now I have to wait for the nitrite to spike and then reduce the amount I add - tell me if I have it wrong please!!. It's a good sign though that the amonia has gone to 0 isnt it - I am really excited about it Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Cycling   Wed Oct 08, 2008 5:34 am

When you get the nitrIte spike you can drop the ammonia to 2ppm, it should rocket up soon....
i'm not very patient either crazy

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PostSubject: Re: Cycling   Wed Oct 08, 2008 7:38 am

evie123 wrote:
I have NEVER been that patient Mary

It's never too late to learn...Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Cycling   Fri Oct 10, 2008 8:29 pm

So they say! Smile

And so we plod on. Ammonia 0, Nitrite 5, Nitrate 40 - 80!!!

I have still topped up to 4 but do you think this is the time I need to just dose up to 2 now?? The Nitrate has just shot up which I guess is good isnt it, but the ph has also gone upo fro 7.4 to 7.8 which is a bit high isnt it? Does that usually happen?

Im getting excited now and am beginning to think I might soon be able to go and get some fish

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PostSubject: Re: Cycling   Fri Oct 10, 2008 9:01 pm

Thats what I would do evie, next time you check just take the ammonia up to 2. Youre on the final leg now! Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Cycling   Sat Oct 11, 2008 5:24 am

pH is fine, with the fluctuating am, nI & nA it will be acid/alkaline/acid/alkaline eyebrows

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PostSubject: Re: Cycling   Sat Oct 11, 2008 5:51 am

Looks like it is all going really well. As ff says, if the results are like this then next time just dose up to 2 next time.

Have you decided what fishies you are going to get?

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PostSubject: Re: Cycling   Sun Oct 12, 2008 5:13 am

Well you must be right Munchycarrot because the ph today iss 7.4!

Ammonia still 0 and the nitrite 5 so I have just topped up to 2 now. It is so good to know I have reached that stage of the cycle, it's quiite exciting.

How sad is that?? Embarassed
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PostSubject: Re: Cycling   Sun Oct 12, 2008 7:41 am

evie123 wrote:
How sad is that??

Not sad at all. Very exciting... yay

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PostSubject: Re: Cycling   Tue Oct 14, 2008 8:31 am

Today, ph 7.8, Ammonia 0 and topped up to 2, Nitrite 2, Nitrate 40-80!!

God, I wish this would finish banghead

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PostSubject: Re: Cycling   Tue Oct 14, 2008 7:04 pm

Wont be long now evie Very Happy

Have you thought about what fish you want? What size tank do you have by the way = let us know what you are thinking of and someone will be abke to let you know if they are ok or not for your size tank.
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PostSubject: Re: Cycling   Wed Oct 15, 2008 7:56 am

Looking good, evie. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Cycling   Wed Oct 15, 2008 9:20 pm

now comes the problem of deciding what fish to get. let us know what you are thinking of evie, so we can tell you why not to get them laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Cycling   Wed Oct 15, 2008 10:07 pm

I have been thinking of what fish to get, and looking around what is available at the pet shop. I have a list as long as your arm so I need to cut that down a bit I think!!

I will put the shortened list on here though for advice. I dont want to end up with a fighting tank pale
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PostSubject: Re: Cycling   Wed Oct 15, 2008 10:08 pm

sorry, I meant to add todays results - No Change

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PostSubject: Re: Cycling   Thu Oct 16, 2008 11:52 pm

Ammonia 0, nitrite 1 (its gone down !!!!!) and I think I might be finished soon.

I've been looking at the fish info on here and like the look of these so how's this for fish in 180l tank -

2 Bristlenose plecs
2 Zebra loach (but are they ok with gravel on the bottom of the tank?)
6 Zebra Danio
6 Neon Tetras
2 Kribensis
6 Cherry Barbs

Does that sound ok? I dont want the tank to be overcrowded
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