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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-11-2016, 11:14 PM Thread Starter
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0 ammonia, 0 nitrite, 0 nitrate - What's Going On?!

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I have a problem. One that no matter who I ask, I can't find an explanation. I have been running my planted 6 gallon aquarium for over a month now and I can't manage to produce any ammonia to get the darn thing to cycle! For the entire month my ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate levels have been a stable 0! I want to make it a RCS tank, but need to make sure the tank is well established before I add any shrimp. So far I have tried everything but adding pure ammonia (no local stores carry ammonia without detergents). Can anyone offer advice or an explanation?

Things that I have tried (in chronological order):
1) Adding fish flakes/letting plant matter decompose
2) Letting a dead guppy sit in the take - after it died from exhaustion because of filter current
2) Adding pond snails to eat algae and plant matter (approx 2 weeks ago)
3) Adding a new guppy, who continues to thrive (been in the tank for 4 days now)

Despite all the above attempts my testing kit has read 0ppm on all tests. I have made sure my water was thoroughly declorinated, I have asked the LFS to check my readings (and they came up the same), I even bought a new water test kit to be safe! Help!

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https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/12...rimp-tank.html


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Perhaps with the small bioload, your plants are taking all the ammonia and/or nitrate.
I can't see your pics on your thread. Do you have a heavy plant load?
What biomedia are you using?


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The normal standard fishless cycle works by adding a known amount of ammonia. The one sure way to know that you have ammonia is by adding it. Otherwise you will still be guessing how much bacteria you have built up and you will not know if the tank is ready.
A bottle of ammonia is so cheap that I would not want to go far to avoid using it.
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Dr tims has bottles of ammonia on Amazon for a couple dollars specially for cycling and aquarium.

That being said cherry shrimp have a very low bioload and if your tank can handle snails and a guppy without an increase in anything then I'd say your good to go. Even if you just get an increase in nitrate you're fine
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Perhaps with the small bioload, your plants are taking all the ammonia and/or nitrate.
I can't see your pics on your thread. Do you have a heavy plant load?
What biomedia are you using?
Yeah, that's odd. Not sure why they are gone.

My plant load is minimal. I have some micro sword, crpyt parva, and a few anubias petite with driftwood. nothing crazy, and certainly not fast growing...


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Yeah, that's odd. Not sure why they are gone.

My plant load is minimal. I have some micro sword, crpyt parva, and a few anubias petite with driftwood. nothing crazy, and certainly not fast growing...
But coupled with your minimal bioload, what you have may be using it all.

You have have to resort to adding ammonia.


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