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Old 01-15-2013, 02:13 PM   #16
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It's about the water changes to leach out that ammonia. Even with massive water changes though, it does take weeks and weeks. It took about 6 weeks to cycle my new tank (and that was with fully seeded media for the filter).
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Old 01-15-2013, 04:39 PM   #17
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The first 2 weeks I did massive water changes the first 2 days I did 100% tap water 3rd day I did 100 distilled water and after that I did every 5 days 50% distilled TDS 150 gH 5 changes. I donít want to make too many big water changes that will deplete the buffering capabilities of the substrate and that would defeat the purpose of using Ada Amazoniaweeks.
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It's about the water changes to leach out that ammonia. Even with massive water changes though, it does take weeks and weeks. It took about 6 weeks to cycle my new tank (and that was with fully seeded media for the filter).
I've played a lot with matured filters and new tanks for cycling. I find that when setting up a new low ph tank, it speeds up the cycle much better if you take a matured filter from similar ph.

I tried taking an entire canister filter that's matured in PH8 and put it in a cycling tank of PH 5.5 with ammonia of 2ppm. In 2 days there's no more ammonia but then a few days later ammonia comes back (leached from new substrate). I think the bacteria actually died with PH shock after a few days. However, with this new Amazonia tank, I used 50% of the filter media from another tank with PH 5.x, and it did speed up things a bit and no ammonia returning after a few days. This is not scientific again because I only played for 5 or 6 filters with different combination, so it could all be just coincidental.
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Unfortunately my other tanks have higher pH so I canít do that and that is why I use nitrifying bacteria.
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Old 01-16-2013, 08:50 AM   #20
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My FLUVAL Edge 6 gal is in at the 3 month mark

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Old 01-16-2013, 09:01 AM   #21
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it's really patience with soil based tanks, I personally never test my water in all the years i've kept planted tanks - but I do wait for a 3 month mark before I add livestock, till that time an empty tank not only minimizes mistakes but trimming becomes a charm..hehe..my present 2ft'r is going to be hitting 3 months mark on 26th Jan will be adding fish on 29th..so patience is the key as everyone has already mentioned.
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