How Much Longer ???

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by soccermatt, Dec 30, 2009.

  1. soccermattValued MemberMember


    I have been cycling my tank purely with fish food, and here's how its gone.

    Temperature 29
    Ph 7.8
    12.5 Gallon
    Several Live Plants
    Air Pump
    AquaClear 20 Filter

    Day 1 (Dec 8) - Started
    Day 4 - Ammonia = .6
    Day 5 - Ammonia = .8
    Day 7 Ammonia = 1
    Day 8 Ammonia = 1.75
    Day 9 Ammonia = 2.25
    Day 10 Ammonia = 1.50 Nitrite = 0.50
    Day 11 AM Ammonia = 1.50 Nitrite = 1
    Day 11 PM Ammonia = 1.50 Nitrite = 1.25
    Day 12 Ammonia = 1 Nitrite = 3.5
    Day 13 AM Ammonia = .75 Nitrite = 5.0
    Day 13 PM Ammonia = .60 Nitrite = 5.0 (did 10% water change)
    Day 14 AM Ammonia = .25 Nitrite = 5.0
    Day 14 PM Ammonia = .10 Nitrite = 5.0
    Day 15 AM Ammonia = 0 Nitrite = 5.0
    Day 15 PM Ammonia = 0 Nitrite = 5.0
    Day 16 AM Ammonia = 0 Nitrite = 5.0
    Day 17 Missed Testing For Christmas
    Day 18 Ammonia = 0 Nitrite = 5.0
    Day 19 Nitrite = 5.0
    Day 20 Nitrite = 5.0
    Day 21 Nitrite = 5.0 (3 week mark)
    Day 22 Nitrite = 5.0

    I am wondering how much longer it will take for nitrite to drop and if there is any thing that i can do to make it drop quicker (and i don't have anywhere to get mature media or gravel).


    Last edited: Dec 30, 2009
  2. ShawnieFishlore LegendMember

    sometimes in the nitrite phase, when using fishless methods to cycle, you have to do a small water change to bump it a bit..but ONLY if you have a good nitrate you have any nitrates yet? if not, you have a couple of weeks to go IMO ..but to be exact, its very hard to say ...GREAT job cycling fishless!!!!!!!

  3. LucyModeratorModerator Member

    It's hard to tell without a nitrate reading.

  4. soccermattValued MemberMember

    i don't have a nitrate test kit unfortunately so i guess i will just continue to wait.
  5. flyin-loweWell Known MemberMember

    when I was cyclinhg my 75 g tank a member on here told me that the nitrite to nitrate portion of th cycle takes about twice as long as the ammonia to nitrite portion of the cycle. Has anyone else heard this. I ended up going with TSS so I never did find out.
  6. soccermattValued MemberMember

    i have heard that one of the only products to help establish bacteria is TSS. Could i add that to at least help, even with nitrites so high.

    i acually just bought a nitrate test kit. I got the reading 8.0 about.
    Hope this helps.
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 30, 2009
  7. ShawnieFishlore LegendMember

    give it a couple more days...if you dont see your nitrites dropping, and you still have nitrates, do a small water change .....I wouldnt add TSS now as you are almost done!
  8. LucyModeratorModerator Member

    Looks good.
    Some members have gotten stuck in the nitrite stage.
    See how your nitrates test in the next few days, if things don't change, you might want to consider a water change.
  9. LucyModeratorModerator Member

    :anim_35: Shawnie, look at our post times.
  10. ShawnieFishlore LegendMember

  11. flyin-loweWell Known MemberMember

    TSS will only help if you have fish in the tank. You have come this far fishless so I would save my money and not use it.
  12. soccermattValued MemberMember

    Day 23 Nitrite = 1.0 Nitrate = 10.0

    I think it's coming down, but it was hard to tell what the nitrite reading was. Looked similar to both 1 and 5 so I went with one. Hope it's true. But at least Nitrate are still defiantly on the rise.
  13. LucyModeratorModerator Member

    I'm sorry if you said this somewhere else, Are you using strips or a liquid test kit?
    With the liquid kit, the color chart between 1 and 5 is pretty clear.
  14. soccermattValued MemberMember

    No it was API lol. I'll test again later.
  15. LucyModeratorModerator Member

    API makes strips and liquid tests.
  16. soccermattValued MemberMember

  17. soccermattValued MemberMember

    Day 22 PM Nitrite = 1.0 - 0.50 Nitrate = 10-15

    This time Nitrite is definatly between 1 and .5. I'm so happy and excited.
  18. ShawnieFishlore LegendMember

    :anim_65: almost party time!!!!!:;wv

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