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In the process of doing my fishless cycle.
Just want peoples opinion on what number my nitrite reading is at.
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What was your ammonia? Mine was 2.5 today but nitrites still too high for the next dose, just like you.
First I mistakenly sampled for ammonia with the syringe I use to add ammonia to the tank. I clearly hadn't washed it out well enough as the ammonia level came back as 8+ ! I thought Jadzir will be cycled well before me!
 
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What was your ammonia? Mine was 2.5 today but nitrites still too high for the next dose, just like you.
First I mistakenly sampled for ammonia with the syringe I use to add ammonia to the tank. I clearly hadn't washed it out well enough as the ammonia level came back as 8+ ! I thought Jadzir will be cycled well before me!
My ammonia is at 0.
The nitrites are dropping but very slowly.
Have been at 0 ammonia for two tests now following snack dose.
Can't wait to be finished with cycling to move onto the next phase. :fish:
 

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Hi, bad result. Nitrites must be undetectable, being <0.01 mg/l. Time to do huge waterchange(s). Keep in mind new water must at the same temp. as water tank.
 

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Hi, bad result. Nitrites must be undetectable, being <0.01 mg/l. Time to do huge waterchange(s). Keep in mind new water must at the same temp. as water tank.
I thought when doing a fishless cycle you followed the instructions: add test dose of ammonia when results get sufficiently low, otherwise you are depriving the nitrifying bacteria of the 'food' they need to multiply.
 

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I thought when doing a fishless cycle you followed the instructions: add test dose of ammonia when results get sufficiently low, otherwise you are depriving the nitrifying bacteria of the 'food' they need to multiply.
? ? ? ?
You really should let Mother Nature make the job !
 
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I thought when doing a fishless cycle you followed the instructions: add test dose of ammonia when results get sufficiently low, otherwise you are depriving the nitrifying bacteria of the 'food' they need to multiply.
I am following the guide on the forum.
 

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If this was a fish-in cycle, a water change would be very important. But as there are no fish in the tank, a water change does not need to be done until the cycle has finished. The only time a water change is needed during fishless cycling is if the pH crashes, or it gets stuck for a long time - in the last case, for some reason a water change often gets it going again.
 
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Same here. I'm not sure why Avel1896 was advocating a water change :/
Decided to do a test today. Very glad I did.
Ammonia is 0 and nitrites have dropped to 0.
Didn’t believe the nitrite one so did a second test and 0 again.
No water changes involved.
Added snack dose on day 19.
So has taken seven days for nitrites to drop.
Full dose of ammonia added so time for daily testing.
 

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