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Old 07-05-2013, 03:40 PM   #1
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Its the cycle that never ends, yes it goes on and on my friends


Glad I decided to wait longer after my initial testing last week showed the tank had cycled. My test kit got left in the car, oops and I think cooking in the crazy Texas heat made it defective.

I bought a new kit after realizing I was getting crazy skewed results. New test kit shows the cycling tank sitting at 0-0.25 ammonia, looks closer to 0.
Showing wild swings of nitrIte during the day, anywhere between 0.25 to 5.0 ppm! Holy crap! NitrAtes sitting steadily at 5.0ppm.

*sigh* the waiting continues.
Meanwhile in the temp shrimp holding tank, I have one very berried mama and another who saddled up yesterday! Exciting. Hopefully the cycle will be done before the births! I really want them settled in their permanent tank when the babies hatch.

Advice" should i do anything at all or do I just need to be more patient? Lol I hate patience.
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Old 07-05-2013, 04:20 PM   #2
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Firgure out what the deal is with the crazy fluctuating nitrite. If it is actually reading 5ppm this could be stalling your cycle. A nice big water change should get things going again.

What kindof shrimp do you have? You didnt specify Good luck!
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Old 07-05-2013, 04:42 PM   #3
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Firgure out what the deal is with the crazy fluctuating nitrite. If it is actually reading 5ppm this could be stalling your cycle. A nice big water change should get things going again.

What kindof shrimp do you have? You didnt specify Good luck!
I did about 90% water change right after I posted this. Lol. Gonna test again before i head to work, ill be sure and update the reults here. I have no idea what's causing that craziness. Only thing in the tank is a sponge filter, a couple stems of bacopa and anacharis that i ran out of room for in another tank, and a piece of mopani wood.
Pool filter sand substrate.

Oh, and I have red cherry shrimp.
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Old 07-05-2013, 04:55 PM   #4
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Keep an eye on your ph/kh as the cycling of tank will cause acidic conditions. The mopani will also contribute to a lower ph and the consumption of your kh.

Are you aware that mopani commonly grows fuzzy white fungus on it for the first little while?

Cherries are awesome! They breed like bugs
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Old 07-05-2013, 05:09 PM   #5
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Yep, i have mopani in all my tanks.
Also, its doing zero to lower ph in this tank. Its sitting at 7.6 with no signs of lowering. In waiting on my gh kh test to arrive. Im seriously considering switching this tank to ro but I don't have a remineralizer at the moment. Maybe I'll do 50/50.

Lol i was so surprised i had a berried shrimp so quick, but it appears to be par for the course with cherries.

Just tested
Ph 7.6
Ammonia 0
Nitrite 0.25 (yay, lowered)
Nitrate 5.0

What do ya think?
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Old 07-05-2013, 05:53 PM   #6
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How are you cycling this tank?

7.6 is good/high. Sounds like you're on well water or have hard water.

I'd wait till everything is a-ok before adding your shrimp. I'm not gonna give you the go ahead to rush things
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Old 07-05-2013, 06:29 PM   #7
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How are you cycling this tank?

7.6 is good/high. Sounds like you're on well water or have hard water.

I'd wait till everything is a-ok before adding your shrimp. I'm not gonna give you the go ahead to rush things
Oh no, i won't be adding my shrimp until im 100% positive the tank is cycles and stable. I was asking what you thought about the new nitrite level or if I should do anotherwc to lower it even more.

Yeah we have pretty hard water. Doesn't bother my other fish at all, but im worried it will harm the shrimp long term.

Oh, im cycling with pure ammonia. I've been adding a ml at a time to raise it to 1ppm a. I know a fully cycles tank should eat 3ppm ammonia within 24 hours but I havent upped the ammonia yet since those nitrite reads were throwing me for a loop.

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Old 07-06-2013, 02:00 AM   #8
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If you have the time, do a water change to bring nitrites down below 5ppm, and then add enough ammonia to bring it up to 3ppm. Though, that will mean daily water changes until the nitrite eating bacteria catch up (they are slower then the ammonia eating ones).
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UPDATE::::

Today test results read as follows:
pH: 7.4 (lowered just slightly by a small amount of peat moss)
Ammonia: 0
NitrIte: 0
NitrAte: between 5 and 10ppm before wc. 0 after a 50 % change.

Could it be?! Could this tortuous cycle be at an end finally?!
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Looks like it may be ready Maybe wait another couple days to make sure?

What a pain, I feel for you. My dirt tanks cycle in about a week with no additives.
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Looks like it may be ready Maybe wait another couple days to make sure?

What a pain, I feel for you. My dirt tanks cycle in about a week with no additives.

Mine too! I've never cycled like this before, all my other tanks are dirted and "silent cycled".
In most cases I can add livestock within 48 hours. This has been a test of my patience for sure. Lol

I think im gonna wait 48 more hours.
ill add the 3 ppm ammonia tonight and if levels hit 0 within 24 hours, ill do a big water change, test one more time and then I'll feel safe moving them over.
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