I saw it during my cycle. I also saw a phase where Nitrites stayed really high after my tank began rapidly consuming ammonia. AS a PP said, every cycle is different. Its easy to get bogged down in what "should be" happening, but sometimes tanks don't follow the rules.
Finally got my tank cycled!
so far I have
6 bronze Cory
2 pearl gourami
I think I want to add:
a schooling fish- looking at 8 cherry barbs
I would like one more “flashy” type fish. I am thinking maybe 2-3 honey gourami, a pair of apisto, or a pair of rams.
what do you guys think?
Just wanted to update one more time. I ended up with 6 juvenile bronze corys and 2 young pearl gourami. They were gorgeous and only $3.50 each so I couldn’t pass. Everyone has settled in well.
so far water chemistry is perfect. 0 ammonia 0 nitrite 10 nitrate the last 2 days!
I finally got a cycle! 24 hrs, zero ammonia, zero nitrite, 20 Nitrate between last night and today. Going to get some fish! I am going to do 6 bronze corydora to start.LFS has some nice looking juveniles.
sorry, I just saw this. Nitrate levels stay between 20 and 40. I think my plants are helping to control that. They are growing like crazy.
Still working on establishing the cycle, but I think things are getting better. The nitrite test seems to be a little less purple at 24 hrs, and is still...
NewFishHelp I am going through this right now. I am about 5 weeks in and almost there so I wanted to give you some encouragement to stick with it. You will get there. The people here are kind and have great advice!
the math is way simpler. If it were a hard amount of ammonia, say in grams, your math would be correct, but PPM is concentration data, so in this case we need to do the math for a dilution, and 3 gal to 30 gallons is a 10x dilution, so if you started with 40 ppm, you end up with 4pmm, which...
Just wanted to report back. It is still taking more than for me to see nitrites drop to zero. Last night I had zero ammonia just under 2 ppm nitrite and 40 ppm nitrate 24hrs after dosing 1 pmm ammonia. If the pattern holds, by the time i get home to check we will be at zero nitrites. Should I...
Prime on hand. I always use it when I change water. It took right at 36 hours to completely clear 1 ppm Ammonia. Last night there was zero ammonia and 0.5 ppm nitrite 20 ppm nitrate. This morning 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite, just over 20 nitrate.
Just wanted to update. After Thursday nights test I added a ppm of ammonia. It took until this morning, so 36 hours, to clear completely of nitrites so I think we are really close. Do you guys think I should continue to dose, or add a small number of fish. I am thinking my first addition will be...