First Time Cycling

  1. Lentosh

    Lentosh Initiate Member

    Hi there, could anyone tell me what the next step is?

    Ph is 7.4
    Ammonia is 0.25ppm
    Nitrite is 2.0ppm
    Nitrate is 20ppm

    I rescued a little mystery snail who's sitting in a damp pot, I assume I can't add him now?

    Thanks!
     

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    Lentosh

    Lentosh Initiate Member

    Not sure why the nitrate would be so high, could there be a lot of it in my tap water?
     
  3. Goldiemom

    Goldiemom Well Known Member Member

    Nitrate should go higher and then the nitrite will drop. Your ammonia should be dropping too. Give it a little more time, IMO. You may actually have to add more ammonia back up to 2.0 one more time to get it all moving. When you get 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite, and some nitrates then you are cycled. Then do a water change to bring down the nitrates to lower than 40ppm...best at 5 or 10 ppm. Keep us posted.