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  1. Caffee

    Welcoming The New Crew (blog)

    I was not aware of that. I knew i had to keep it on during the cycle but didnt know turning it off could cause an issue afterward. Thanks for letting me know, i’ll keep an eye on the parameters for the next few days.
  2. Caffee

    Welcoming The New Crew (blog)

    Oh my cycle was already complete when i put my shrimp in. I did a fishless cycle, then once it was done, i waited around a week to keep an eye on my parameters.
  3. Caffee

    Welcoming The New Crew (blog)

    Its been less then 24 hours, but i did decide to turn on the lights and the filter this morning. I actually let some of my aquatic plants and drift wood sit on a sunny window sill for a few weeks, so theres plenty of algae to feed on for them also, haha yea, ive been told by a few people that i...
  4. Caffee

    Welcoming The New Crew (blog)

    After cycling my tank a full 42 days, then waiting a few extra days to keep an eye on my parameters, i finally got to go and get my new amanos! Yay! I only have 3 females for my 5.5 gallon (im pretty positive their females), as soon as i brought them back, i started the acclimation process. I...
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    Help Ammonia And Nitrites Cycle In 24 Hours, But No Nitrates?

    Actually, it is pretty heavily planted. I totally forgot that plants suck up nitrates. I will test the water again more precisely, but if it shows 0 again then im pretty certain its the fact its heavily planted. EDIT: just tested the water again and NOW im seeing nitrates. Guess i was just...
  6. Caffee

    Help Ammonia And Nitrites Cycle In 24 Hours, But No Nitrates?

    So i have been cycling my tank for 42 days now and at day 39 i had my nitrite drop after a long, excruciating battle of trying to get them down. But, one thing i am confused about is that even after my nitrite drop i have 0ppm nitrates. For the past 3 days i have been continuing to supplement...
  7. Caffee

    Question Finished Cycle! What Now?

    after a long, grueling, 39 days; my cycle for my 5 gallon shrimp tank is complete. I tested my water this morning and my nitrites, nitrates, and my ammonia are all at 0ppm. Now what? Should i dose ammonia again and keep an eye on it for a few days to make sure everything is able to cycle okay...
  8. Caffee

    Help Cycle Stalled?

    I’ll try that, thank you
  9. Caffee

    Help Cycle Stalled?

    Thank you for clarifying. I started doing 30% changes daily to see if that would help, but i will keep dosing my ammonia per usual. I think im on the right track, its just my nitrites are a little “stuck” so to speak. A lot of the other replies have been making me worry though. This cycle has...
  10. Caffee

    Help Cycle Stalled?

    I was told that the drop does suddenly happen so thats honestly what ive been waiting for.
  11. Caffee

    Help Cycle Stalled?

    This is actually my first cycle. I decided to follow an online youtube tutorial for mine, but then went on to do a few things different through the advice of others online. Not sure if that was the right call.
  12. Caffee

    Help Cycle Stalled?

    Im actually pretty positive that my nitrites are above 5ppm, but i just labeled it as that because you cant tell with the test kit. Also, i have live plants that i plan to put in the tank after the cycle is complete. As of rn, the tank is empty besides with a gravel substrate. The fact you say...
  13. Caffee

    Help Cycle Stalled?

    Okay, thank you!
  14. Caffee

    Help Cycle Stalled?

    I was adding 10ML of API quick start. I was told to stop adding the bacteria which is why you stop seeing it being added on the chart. Yes i did 3 large water changes and also a 50%. None of those brought down my nitrites. I have been using doctor tims ammonia for the entire process of the...
  15. Caffee

    Help Cycle Stalled?

    so i have been cycling my tank for a little over a month now and have been stuck in the nitrite phase for 22 days now and still have not seen a drop at all in my nitrites. I was told that nitrites have a sudden drop and not a gradual one but now im seeing other sources saying that nitrites have...
  16. Caffee

    Help Off The Chart Nitrites (update)

    I think i wont mess with it very much. At this point im gonna not add ammonia back until i see a drop in my nitrites and stop adding bacteria.
  17. Caffee

    Help Off The Chart Nitrites (update)

    The substrate is small gravel. Also i already did a water change today with no luck, my nitrites still are sky high. I’ll do a quick test on my water.
  18. Caffee

    Help Off The Chart Nitrites (update)

    I already did a 90% today so i’ll probably wait till tomorrow if anything. Also, i just checked my nitrites again and even after that 90% change my nitrites are still 5ppm (or off the charts). I think im just gonna avoid adding ammonia until i see a drop in my nitrites.
  19. Caffee

    Help Off The Chart Nitrites (update)

    I read that if the nitrites get above 5ppm, then the tank can stall so im doing the huge water changes to see if i can flush them out a bit. But yea, i planned to not add ammonia until i start to notice them go down. Do you think i should continue to add bacteria?
  20. Caffee

    Help Off The Chart Nitrites (update)

    Okay, so in my last thread i was asking about how my nitrites werent going down and i guess im back with the same issue. If you didnt see my last thread, i am cycling a 5.5 gallon shrimp tank without fish. Im using doctor tims ammonia and API quick start as my bacteria supplementation. My...




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