When is my tank cycle finished? I have nitrates... - Page 2
Planted Tank Forums
Your Tanks Image Hosting *Tank Tracker * Plant Profiles Fish Profiles Planted Tank Guide Photo Gallery Articles

Go Back   The Planted Tank Forum > General Planted Tank Forums > General Planted Tank Discussion

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-12-2012, 01:37 AM   #16
Gold Finger
Planted Tank Enthusiast
Gold Finger's Avatar
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Wpg. MB Canada
Posts: 849

Odd. As though something crashed your nitrosamonas population. Perhaps something in the new plants. The interactions are often unpredictable until fully cycled. I hope and imagine it will sort itself out quickly though. By the way, I have done fish in with seachems stability at 80 degrees in 8 days without signifigant ammonia or nitrite spikes. They use a waterborne bacteria along with the normal ones which is added daily to keep the waterborne population high enough to absorb excess ammonia and nitrate until the "normal" surface based Ammonia and nitrite colonies get up to speed. The lower levels of toxins allow the normal bacs to establish faster and without stalling. At least it worked once for me.
Ver. 1.0 80 gallon dirt goldfish tank (defunct)

Ver. 2.0 bare bottom same tank another approach (defunct)

Ver. 3.0 Pool filter sand same tank now

Farming Algae

Goldfish are among the worst fish for beginners.
Gold Finger is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Old 11-15-2012, 10:27 PM   #17
Algae Grower
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Azusa, CA
Posts: 85

So I figured out that what I thought was .25 ppm in ammonia was actually 0, it was just hard to see the difference but I did 1 tube from the tank, one from the tap and 1 from RO water and they all looked exactly the same! So I think my tank is finally cycled!
DannyDapper is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-15-2012, 10:39 PM   #18
Planted Tank Guru
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Contra Costa CA
Posts: 10,049

That is great!
Good that you figured out why you were seeing that trace of ammonia.
I also have trouble reading the test tube results, especially if there is something in the background that is similar to the color I am trying to read. The tests tubes will reflect the color from the sky, trees, curtains, furniture... Anything nearby. Gotta make sure you are looking at it against a large white background, and in good light. Looking straight down the tube from the top helps with some tests, too.
Diana is online now   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-16-2012, 06:43 AM   #19
Planted Member
PTrader: (3/100%)
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: AL, Alabama
Posts: 177

I use a YSI 9300 ecosense photometer. No human error with that thing lemme tell ya. Almost too accurate.
BenderBendingRodriguez is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-19-2012, 03:19 AM   #20
Algae Grower
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Azusa, CA
Posts: 85

Fancy! haha. I stocked my tank the very same day and 3 days later all my new fish are happy as can be =)
DannyDapper is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:
Your Location. As precise as you feel comfortable with.
Security Question
While balancing on a piece of wood, two inches by four inches known as a 2x4, John and his friend Sally both spotted a dalmatian inside of a truck with sirens. The animal with John and Sally is a _ _ _?
Please select your insurance company (Optional)


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT. The time now is 05:14 PM.

Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright Planted Tank LLC 2012