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Stable readings in cycle but it can't be complete? Can it!

Discussion in 'Cycle your Tank' started by djohnson1974, Dec 26, 2016.

  1. eaglesaquarium

    eaglesaquarium Life, Liberty & Pursuit of the perfect fish tank
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    Well, the most likely scenario then is the TapSafe being continually added to the tank is dealing with the ammonia, but I still wouldn't call it 'cycled' until you test for a solid week with zero ammonia or nitrite without any water changes.
     
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    Have just taken another set of readings after 48hrs with no water change and they are still identical. (See attached).
     

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    And these are my tap water readings taken just now
     

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    No water changes for 3 days and latest readings (attached) look like elevated nitrItes so it looks like I'm starting phase 2 of the cycle
     

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    Yup. Definitely NOT a completed cycle.

    Time to help with the nitrite. You will need to add SALT to combat the nitrite.
     
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    http://www.fishforums.net/threads/rescuing-a-fish-in-cycle-gone-wild-part-il.433778/

     
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    Great, thanks for the advice. I assume the salt will no affect the development of the good bacteria in the filer?
     
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    Nope. More importantly, it will protect the fish while leaving the nitrite in the tank to allow the bacterial colony to grow... whereas as water changes removes the nitrite which would slow the colony's growth.
     
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    Salt appears to be working. Nitrite levels remain at 0.25 and fish still look perfectly healthy.

    I appreciate your advice, I'd be a bit lost without it as there's so much info out there on the inter web!
     
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    Glad to be able to help. Keep us posted! :good:
     
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    Looks like I'm well into phase 2 of the cycle now. Fish all still healthy. What frequency should I do water changes at now do you think?
     

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    Weekly, and replace the salt you remove, but don't replace all the salt unless you are doing a full water change.

    Having the nitrite in the tank will speed the process of the colony growing. The salt will protect the fish in the meantime.
     
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    So cycle finally complete, had 2 readings with zero ammonia and zero nitrites. Next question is fish stocking but I guess that's for another thread. Thanks for the help guys
     
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    Great to hear it!
     

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