Planted Tank Obsessed
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Calgary. AB, Canada
So I tested again today, Day 12. Ammonia 2-3, Nitrites 2, Nitrates 5. I am using the API tests, I made sure to shake shake shake the nitrate bottle and testtube really well (I use a timer too).
I am doing a fishless cycle, I added ammonia Day 1 to bring it up to 4, and haven't added any since. I assumed maybe the melting plants were keeping it at 4, I also had snails show up on Day 8 (gifted plants came with a bonus, hah!), and I've been squishing them, so maybe that is adding to the ammonia levels as well?
Today the ammonia has gone down some, it's 2-3ish. Should I add more ammonia to bump it back to 4?
I am noticing much less plant melting, they are all starting to look better, so I'm assuming they're rooting and starting to process some of the nitrates.
I am starting to source some fish, and I will definitely need to add an assassin snail as these little baby pest snails keep coming no matter how many I squish, but I won't add them until the cycle is complete.
I have to say, I love the cycling process, it's fun to test every day, my son likes to help, we're like little scientists with our pipette and test tubes and potions. Good thing I have an empty 33gal waiting in the wings once this one is done!
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