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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 01-13-2017, 06:32 AM Thread Starter
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Stalled cycle- please help

Hi all,

I want to start off by saying that I have successfully cycled 7 tanks with fish in it and this is my first time doing it fishless. I've decided to set up a 20 gallon tank for my shrimp with canister and sponge filter walls installed. I had also put driftwood, some moss, duckweed, shrimp substrate, and a few plants in it. I also have about 20 assassin snails and 20 amano shrimp there (I guess it's not entirely fishless), all of which are alive and grabbing food when I feed.

It's my 4th week now, where I have following readings:

Ammonia 2-3 ppm
Nitrites 0 ppm
Nitrates 0 ppm
pH 6.0 ppm
Temp 76 degrees

All of my test I do with API master kit. I had initially added Dr Tim ammonia in order to raise it and added various (huge amount) of bacteria to it - Dr Tim, tetra easy start plus, Seachem Seed bacteria, Dr Foster and Smith branded bacteria... Basically everything I had (several bottles of each) and no results..

I'm stuck. Help?
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 01-13-2017, 06:36 AM
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You are cycling with quite a bioload there, be patient it is going to take a little longer. Keep testing and don't allow ammonia to go too high, or it will kill good bacteria and help algae spores turn into algae.

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