the nitrogen cycle

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some graphs to help us understand the chemical process that takes place in our tank...hope you find them usefull ..i did




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funnyjew2 replied the topic: Re:the nitrogen cycle

getting close to end!!!???

Day 18
Ammonia-.50-1ppm
Nitrite- 5ppm
15% WC due to High Nitrites
added a half dose of ammonia 40 drops


Day19 Ammonia- .50ppm
Nitrite- 5ppm ( maybe higher violet/purple)

Last night Day 20
Ammonia-0-.25ppm
Nitrite- 2ppm

added 1/2 dose of ammonia(45 drops) to kept fed or should I not add anything? what do y'all think?


How much longer before the Nitrites start to drop you think?

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oshawer replied the topic: Re:the nitrogen cycle

Actually I'm facing the same problem funnyjew2 have

I'm cylcing my tang for about a month now , have no problem with ammonia but nitrites & nitrates readings are at the end of the chart (usnig Sera liquid test kit) , i didn't do any water change yet , should i?
i'm so confused cause some articles i read about fish less cycling said that NO water change should takes place during the process .

can any one help me with that plz !!
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SemiExperiencedJason replied the topic: Re: the nitrogen cycle

My nitrites have never been anything but zero. I've been told that my tank is still cycling after 3 months. My ammonia spiked REALLY bad and I thought the nitrites would come next, but nothing happened. I think I'll be cycling for the rest of my life.
When you see them drop, let us know. I'm curious what you do and how you get through it successfully. BTW, how many gallons is your tank?
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Rocksor replied the topic: Re: the nitrogen cycle

This is an old thread.

You might not have enough bio-media in the tank or you are changing filter pads and losing your colony, which would explain the ammonia spikes.

Remind me what filtration you have?
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SemiExperiencedJason replied the topic: Re: the nitrogen cycle

I noticed it was an old post after I submitted it. Whoops.
I have a 29 gallon tank with an AquaClear 50 hanging powerfilter. Haven't changed the filter at all because I was afraid of the bacteria being wiped out from the tank. I'm not sure if that answers your question. I'm not hip on the lingo yet :/
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Nina_W replied the topic: Re: the nitrogen cycle

Could you add another filter? Also, your pH is in the 7's? If it's really low, that might be it, but I don't think so.
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SemiExperiencedJason replied the topic: Re: the nitrogen cycle

Yeah, my ph always stays between 7.2 and 7.6 according to the liquid test. That's not too bad, right?
Still no nitrites. The ammonia is under control. I do the water changes as soon as I see it go up over the acceptable level for cycling. It's gotten to the point where I know what level it is from simply looking at the color of the results.
I have a three stage filtration system. What do you recommend I add to it? There isn't any room left for additional media. I took the filter you're not supposed to rinse off and stuffed it in there when I got my new system. The AquaClear 50 power-filter.
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Nina_W replied the topic: Re: the nitrogen cycle

What is inside your filter exactly? I think another filter dedicated to biomedia (ceramic rings, bioballs, or pot scrubbies) would be a good idea. Otherwise, patience.
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