1 Month No Nitrites Or Nitrates

Discussion in 'Aquarium Nitrogen Cycle' started by AxolotlKnight, Apr 9, 2019.

  1. AxolotlKnightNew MemberMember

    I've literally been reading about Fishless Cycling for weeks before I started mine and currently it's been 31 days of my 20g fishless cycling and I think I'm doing something wrong.

    I'm using a API Kit & I definitely bang Nitrate bottle #2 until my arm hurts.

    Most recent test results:
    Temp - 75
    PH - 7.6
    Ammonia - 2.0-4.0ppm (used Fritz Pro Aquatics brand)
    Nitrite - 0ppm (used Dr. Tims one & only)
    Nitrate - 0ppm

    (I swear my results have stayed like that this whole time)
    Maybe it's stalled?
  2. Addie42Well Known MemberMember

    that’s super weird
    are you 100% sure you’re following the master kit directions to a T? o_O
    are you doing a lot of water changes or something?

  3. AxolotlKnightNew MemberMember

    I've done 1 water change which i believe was 2 weeks ago. My ammonia seemed to have been higher than 4ppm so i wanted to bring it down a bit. and yes, I make sure i do the test exactly as instructed.. no changes :(

  4. toosieFishlore VIPMember

  5. Addie42Well Known MemberMember

    That’s so strange
    Are you like rinsing out your media or something? I’m sorry if these are stupid questions I just don’t know why it isn’t cycling

    What water conditioner are you using?

    What’s your pH?? Is it like crazy acidic??
  6. Dawn MicheleWell Known MemberMember

    Welcome to Fishlore!!! :) That is weird it's NOT cycling!!!
  7. AxolotlKnightNew MemberMember

    PH- 7.6, is that okay?

    & nope, I haven't cleaned anything in that tank yet.

    I used stability for the first 7 days then i switched to Prime whenever i wanted to refill the tank back up to the top.

    Idk what i should do, maybe start over and use different products?

    Thank you! :) & I know, I feel like it won't ever move..
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 10, 2019
  8. david1978Fishlore LegendMember

    Stability is a bacteria starter and prime is a dechlorinator. Did you dechlorinate the original water? If not and you only added the stability the chlorine probably killed it.
  9. Dawn MicheleWell Known MemberMember

  10. AxolotlKnightNew MemberMember

    I added ammonia once, hasn't changed for me to have to add more :(

    & I'm using a Tetra filter & the filter cartilage that it came with it for a 20g tank

    Yes, I added prime to the water before adding it to the tank.

    Would it be pointless to start over?
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 10, 2019
  11. david1978Fishlore LegendMember

    Well it was a thought. I don't see a point in starting over. Behaps try tetra safe start plus but not start completely over.
  12. AxolotlKnightNew MemberMember

    Do you think it would be pointless to start over?
  13. david1978Fishlore LegendMember

    I edited my post. You were just too quick. Lol
  14. AxolotlKnightNew MemberMember

    Since i've already added dr.tims one and only, is it possible to add too much bacteria?
  15. david1978Fishlore LegendMember

  16. AxolotlKnightNew MemberMember

    Yes, ammonia first then dr.tims after a few days. Was that the right way?
  17. Pete NielssonNew MemberMember

    I don't think it's smart to waterchange before detecting nitrite. I don't remember the exact number, but you could have started with too much ammonia and therefore killing the bacteria Think recommended ppm is 5, but the tests are not perfect. If that is the case you have really only been cycling for 2 weeks. And it can take more than 2 weeks before nitrite shows.
    Just a thought
  18. david1978Fishlore LegendMember

    I disagree with 5 being the max. We have had members dose ammonia off the charts and it still cycled normally. Yea you did it in the right order. Dr tims is a good bacteria but it is possible for it to be a dud.
  19. AxolotlKnightNew MemberMember

    Only reason why i did a water change was because the test came back as the darkest green on the chart. I heard too much ammonia can stall the tank. Therefore the reason of the water change. You are right though, maybe that water change did bring me back 2 weeks..
  20. david1978Fishlore LegendMember

    The water change shouldn't of hurt anything. Some times it seems like they help especially in cases were you have a low kh and it gets used up.