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If you have ammonia in your tap I would probably use prime instead of reg dechlorinator at water changes.

If in doubt, add more plants!

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I'm using Prime. Have been for weeks.
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I'm not sure if I mentioned it in one of your previous threads, but some ammonia may be showing up due to the breakup of chloramines in your tap from using the Prime. Not only will the Prime "detoxify" it but, as mott said, that should be used up pretty quickly once the colony is fully established.
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So with a reading of 0 ppm nitrites and 5 ppm of nitrates, I should assume that it's happening.

I just haven't read of it happening this quickly.
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If ammonia and nitrite zero, with a reading of 5 nitrate, your cycle should be done. You can test it by adding more ammonia and it should return to zero within 24 hours.then u wll know for sure you are done cycling.

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The fish is in the tank Jeepguy, so adding more ammonia isn't a good thing.

I went and bought some moneywort and three ghosts shrimp, but I think I'll put them in the 2.5 tank, until I'm sure the other one is done cycling.
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Alright, another test.

Ammonia = 0.25 ppm (Same as out of tap)
Nitrite = 0.25 ppm
Nitrate = 0 ppm

Alright, again... I'm confused.
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So, I put in the ghost shrimp with him. Four of them to be exact. At first he ignored them, but then he started to notice.

He's basically telling them it's his domain, but they're too fast for him thus far.

This was after my water change. Changing water is sort of like brushing teeth at this point, a habit.

Planted the moneywort and he really seems to like that plant.
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It's been about 24 hours since adding the ghost shrimp and even though my betta has gone over to them, they seem to be too fast and he doesn't seem to be much interested in a fight with them.

More like a "what the heck are you?" type thing going on.

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I'm going to do another water test, but I'm not sure if I should be treating this like my 2.5 tank and doing 75% water changes or if I should do about 50%.
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Alright, test before the another massive water change:

ammonia = 0.50 ppm
nitrite = 2.0 ppm
nitrate = 5.0 ppm
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You don't want to bury the rhizome roots of that java fern, if you can attach it to rock or driftwood with some sewing thread.
50% wc's should be fine.


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Good to know about the Java Fern, before I had it attached to the bridge ornament, but decided against that.

I'll have to see if I can find a suitable rock to do that.

I added a little sea shell cave for the ghost shrimp to hide in. Once I put them back in the tank, they went right into it.
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I'm about to do another water test tonight, after skipping yesterday, even though I still did a 50% wc.

I'll tell you, ghost shrimp are aptly named. I can't seem to find them with the light on at times and still need to use a flashlight to find them.

Came home tonight and saw three of them, went out for thirty minutes, came home and now I can't seem to find a single shrimp.

Also, and I'm kind of concerned about the Hydor 25w heater I have in there.

Today after getting home I noticed that the light was on, even though the dial is set to 79 degrees. I turned on the thermometer to see that my tank was at 86.5. I immediately dropped it down to shut the light off and then put it back at 79, but now I'm paranoid about it.

I'll post the test results once I'm done.
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Readings for tonight, before my 50% WC.

Ammonia = 0.25 ppm ( Reads 0.25 ppm straight from tap )
Nitrite = 5.0 ppm
Nitrate = 5.0 ppm

It's been about a week since I've set up the tank and put the old cycled media in there from my 2.5 gallon. I'm not sure, when I actually take that stuff out, but I'm thinking it should be soon.
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