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Day 26 cycling my tank

Actually, maintaining a constant level of 2 ppm is not good. The more ammonia there is the more nitrite that will be made from it, and the cycle stalls at 15 or 16 ppm nitrite. As our test kits don't measure that high we can't know if the nitrite reading is at the top of the chart or well over that level.

That's why TwoTankAmin wrote his method on here. If ammonia is added only when certain target levels are reached, nitrite can never get high enough to stall the cycle.

In brief summary, the method on here states:
1. Add 3 ppm ammonia.
2. Wait until ammonia is under 0.75 and nitrite over 2 ppm, then add another 3 ppm ammonia.
3. Wait until ammonia is zero then zero again 2 days later; then add 1 ppm ammonia.
4. Wait until ammonia is below 0.25 and nitrite below 1.0 ppm, then add another 3 ppm ammonia.
5. Test next day and if both are zero the cycle has finished. If one or both are not zero repeat from #4 until they are both zero 24 hours after adding 3 ppm ammonia.



 
Actually, maintaining a constant level of 2 ppm is not good. The more ammonia there is the more nitrite that will be made from it, and the cycle stalls at 15 or 16 ppm nitrite. As our test kits don't measure that high we can't know if the nitrite reading is at the top of the chart or well over that level.

That's why TwoTankAmin wrote his method on here. If ammonia is added only when certain target levels are reached, nitrite can never get high enough to stall the cycle.

In brief summary, the method on here states:
1. Add 3 ppm ammonia.
2. Wait until ammonia is under 0.75 and nitrite over 2 ppm, then add another 3 ppm ammonia.
3. Wait until ammonia is zero then zero again 2 days later; then add 1 ppm ammonia.
4. Wait until ammonia is below 0.25 and nitrite below 1.0 ppm, then add another 3 ppm ammonia.
5. Test next day and if both are zero the cycle has finished. If one or both are not zero repeat from #4 until they are both zero 24 hours after adding 3 ppm ammonia.



Thank you!
 

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