Back again - trying to figure out last part of fishless cycle

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I tried for several days to reply to Hampalong's response and I kept getting a message that "my token had expired". Does anybody know what that means and why the forum would not allow me to answer?

So here is the content of my response: Hampalong, thanks so much for sticking with me on this. I have a container of the stuff that's supposed to cycle the tank overnight, I forget the name of it, it's in the car - I think it's a Marine product - do you think I should throw it in? I actually forgot I had it...it's been sitting in the heat since yesterday, if that matters.

When I redose with the ammonia, what is my ideal reading on the ammonia?

I am using the test strips....Unfortunately I am on a fixed income so I am going to have to finish them before I can buy the liquid - but I definitely will and I appreciate the information.

Thank you SO much!
 

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What product is it exactly? Marine bacteria are different species so if it's a bacterial additive for marine tanks then no, don't use it. It doesn't really matter how much ammonia you use. A tank full of fish will produce far less than 1ppm per day. Usual advice is anywhere between 1 and 5, so anywhere in that range...

 

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So if this is stuff to cycle a tank overnight i presume its just bacteria that will boost start the cycle process by adding established bacteria to the tank. I would think you could add some to the tank even though it has been in your car for a day, I'm sure its been in warehouse for much longer.

Ultimately to know the cycle is complete Ammonia and Nitrite should read 0 and Nitrates would be controlled by plants and/or water changes.

Hope that helps.
 
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Thank you DTurner, I so appreciate your help! Everything seems to be going along, nitrites spiking to 3ppm) (and ammonia dropping - 0.5 last read). A question - how high does the nitrite usually spike to? In any event, I know that when I have NO nitrites and no ammonia, I re=dose with a slight amount of ammonia, next day no ammonia = CYCLE!!!!! Of course, huge water change and then I am going to let the tank sit for a couple of days to be sure.

Thanks again for everything!
 
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