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I love having an awesome test kit...

Came home from work tonight, and conducted my daily test.
Just a reminder - added 6 honey gouramis to two tanks two weeks ago, and suffered an ammonia spike to 8.0+ ppm. In both tanks.

I've been doing partial water changes every day until Saturday just gone, when I dropped them back to every two days.

Tonight's readings:

46G
ammonia - 0!!!
nitrite - 1.0
nitrate - 80
pH - 7.4 (This seems to be fluctuating a bit - any suggestions?)

23G
ammonia - 1.5
nitrite - 0.75
nitrate - 40-80 (can anyone read that accurately?!!!)
pH - 7.1


Does anyone else get really excited when their tank progresses through the cycle? ;D
 
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Thanks Ken!
It's so exciting...

It seems pretty obvious that the 46G will finish before the 23G, which is silly cos the 23G has been set up since August (just not cycled properly).

Anyone have any estimates on how much longer the cycle will take? How long does it take for a nitrite spike to go down? What are the variables?
 

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the ph is going to jump all around while it cycles..thats normal it will stablize out after a few weeks of it being completed...with fish in the tank, I would go back to daily changes for their safety...it does take longer, but its their health that needs to be looked at not the fast cycle at this point...the high nitrates are also telling you theres a bunch of waste in the tank...the fish need that clean water as they are going to be stressed with going through the cycle as it is .......my tank with fish took 9 weeks it wasnt fun but im glad I learned the proper way! good luck! things are coming along for sure
 
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OK thanks Shawnie. I was planning on doing a pwc tonight, and will plan to go back to nightly changes (d'oh!)

Nice to hear about the pH. I was concerned about the shell grit - the pH was registering 6.0 (bottom range of test kit) so it could well have been lower, so I put the grit in there to increase the hardness buffer. The pH shot up to 8.8, so I took it out, now it's been hovering around 6.8-7.4. Should I keep the grit in there? Leave it out? How long does the buffering effect last for?

Recommended size of daily pwc?

Thanks for the help. Hopefully by keeping this thread updated, others can see what I am going through if they have the same problems with a fish-in cycle. (NOT recommended! )
 

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I wouldnt worry about the ph like I said for some time
I wold do at least 50% with that high of nitrates..have you tested your tap for ammonia/nitrites/nitrates?
 
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Yeah, I tested last night (had to leave the water out for a while.
Registered no ammonia or nitrites, but a small (between 0-5) amount of nitrates.
 
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UPDATE - LATEST TEST RESULTS

50% pwc today (I was feeling too sick last night) on both tanks. Results from just before the changes:

46G
ammonia - 0.25
nitrite - 1.0
nitrate - 20
pH - 6.0 (I think I'm going to stop testing this one until the cycle finishes - it's doing my head in!)

23G
ammonia - 1.0
nitrite - 1.0
nitrate - 10
pH - 7.2

Any feedback welcome, as always!
 
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UPDATE

46G
ammonia: 0.25-0.5
ni: 1.0
na: 10

23G
ammonia: 0.25 (first time this has been so low!)
ni: 1.0
na: 10
pH: 7.0

What do you all think? Progressing nicely, yes?
 
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UPDATE

Today's test results:

46G
a: 0!!!!!!
Ni: 1.0
na: 15
pH: 7.0

23G
a: 0!!!!!
Ni: 0.5
na: 10
pH: 6.9

I can't believe how quickly this is coming together! So happy with tonight's results.
 
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UPDATE

My 23g is CYCLED!!!!
Readings 0,0,15. PH is 7.2
Will check over the next couple of days to confirm, but that is awesome!

46G readings:
a: 0
ni: 0.25-0.5 (coming down! Wahoo!)
na: 10
pH: 7.1
 
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