I Think I Might Be Cycled

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by RookieTank, Apr 14, 2018.

  1. RookieTankValued MemberMember

    I started in mid February and I think the long process is close to over. I checked my parameters last night and Nitrites were finally zero.

    I added more ammonia today to see if it is gone in 24 hours. I dosed 0 50-0.75, is that enough?

    Below are the results after dosing ammonia today.

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  2. mattgirlFishlore VIPMember

    I think you are right :) If the ammonia goes down within 24 hours and continues to do that each time you add ammonia over a period of 3 or 4 days you can definitely consider your cycle complete.

    From what I have read most folks dose the ammonia up to at least 1.
  3. FanaticFishlore VIPMember

    I dosed my ammonia up to 4ppm, and it took two weeks.
    I think you are cycled! I would personally add more ammonia once it's at zero, and see if it goes back down in 24 hours.
  4. Hunter1Well Known MemberMember

    Your ammonia test tube shows the ammonia you added.

    If it goes yellow and nitrites stay at 0, you are cycled, congratulations!

    I would do water changes to lower nitrates.
  5. FanaticFishlore VIPMember

    You don't necessarily have to change the water when nitrates are so low.
  6. Hunter1Well Known MemberMember

    Might be my eyes but I’m reading 40-80ppm?
  7. FanaticFishlore VIPMember

    I am only noticing about 20-30ppm, which isn't too high.
    My nitrates were 240ppm when I finished.
  8. Hunter1Well Known MemberMember

    Old eyes here.

    I hardly compare the tube with guide anymore. Light orange is good, dark orange/bordering red is bad.
  9. FanaticFishlore VIPMember

    It's totally fine, I am the same way sometimes.
    Unless OP is doing a fish-in cycle, you don't need to worry about nitrates being high.

    Only when the nitrites are high, is when you need to do a water change, anything above 2ppm can stall a cycle.