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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-03-2004, 02:42 PM Thread Starter
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nitrite ?

Been fishless cycling my 125 gallon tank now for 2 weeks. The ammonia got a reading of zero 4 days ago. Was wondering how long will it take for the nitrite to start going down?

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When I cycled mine, the Nitrite started going down around day 8. After that, it's all downhill!

Although, if you plant it heavily from the get-go, there is virtually no cycle noticed. The plants just seem to LOVE ammonia. Just add plants, get everything up and running with the plants happy and start slowly adding fish. Just food for thought.

Nice big tank. Waht are you gonna do with it?

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What a waste of time. Fishless cycles are for FISH tanks and not needed in planted tanks.
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whatever happened to just leaving constructive comments?

Anyhow, if this is a planted tank, plant it now. Nitrites take the longest to go away...from 1-3 weeks.

But go ahead and plant it now so the plants can stabilize in their new surroundings.

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You can still do fishless cycle by using bits of leftover food (or any kind of organic matter for that fact). The nitrite cycle usually follows the ammonia and can usually last up to a month.

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