I Think I Might Be Cycled

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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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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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Hunter1 said:
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.
You don't necessarily have to change the water when nitrates are so low.
 

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Fanatic said:
You don't necessarily have to change the water when nitrates are so low.
Might be my eyes but I’m reading 40-80ppm?
 

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Hunter1 said:
Might be my eyes but I’m reading 40-80ppm?
I am only noticing about 20-30ppm, which isn't too high.
My nitrates were 240ppm when I finished.
 

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Fanatic said:
I am only noticing about 20-30ppm, which isn't too high.
My nitrates were 240ppm when I finished.
Old eyes here.

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

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Hunter1 said:
Old eyes here.

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