Stalled cycle ?? Please advise.

  1. HOWsMom

    HOWsMom Well Known Member Member

  2. l

    leeishom Valued Member Member

    BB starts to fade off when the PH gets low, i think around 6.0 below.
  3. Z

    Zia Valued Member Member

    Right after my nitrites dropped to 0 when fishless cycling, my nh3 slowed to a near stop. I added less for a week, and one morning: everything was processing in 12 hours! Hang in there!
  4. MindTravel3r

    MindTravel3r Valued Member Member

    Do you know if your pH levels have been dropping or if your water source is simply very low to begin with?

    I have read that the bacteria go dormant at a pH at 6.0 or below. I don't know what the pH of your water source is, but I might consider a large water change, and then raising the ammonia level back up to 2 ppm.
  5. Aquarist

    Aquarist Fishlore Legend Member

  6. OP

    HOWsMom Well Known Member Member

    Okay - I changed out about 50% of the water today. Hopefully that alone will help.
    It got rid of a lot of the tannins - my water is still coloured, but not quite looking like a tank of tea.