Join Date: Jul 2014
The tank is back to normal as of yesterday.I did a small water change today to work on the tank.Some of the plants had grown to the top,so I cut them,and re-planted the ends.After the water change I tested
My problem seems to be that I can't get it to fall to 0. The tank gets dosed to 4ppm of ammonia and the ammonia drops to 0.1ppm within 24 hours. I cannot get it to drop to 0ppm though. I left it alone for an entire week and it stayed at 0.1ppm. I'm wondering if the decaying leaves on the sponge are producing ammonia? I'm just curious about why my filter will convert 3.9ppm but can't manage to deal with the last 0.1ppm?
If you can bring 4ppm ammonia to 0.1 in 24 hours,your tank is cycled.
The rule of thumb is to dose 2ppm ammonia and if ammonia and nitrites are zero within
24 hours,your tank is cycled.Do an 80% water change and test for nitrates.I try to keep nitrates under 10ppm.Feel free to do another water change the day after,if you want to
reduce your nitrates.TBH after my tank was cycled I saw a shade of yellow in the ammonia test that suggested trace amounts less than 0.1ppm,it is the reason I test everyday and also the reason I put Zebra Snails in the tank.Since you have yet to stock why not start with some snails or shrimp,both do an excellent job of cleaning the tank and producing good bacteria.
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