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10-24-2018, 12:31 PM
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So my 29 gallon biocube is cycling at the moment and there has been an ammonia spike so far. Its now the 5th week and my nitrites have still been high for the past 3 weeks. How long does it typically last for elevated nitrites?
 
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10-25-2018, 11:52 AM
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What’s your process. Also have you been adding ammonia daily. How much ammonia did you add and what is it at now?
 
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10-25-2018, 12:07 PM
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I’ve been doing the fishless cycle. I haven’t been adding ammonia. I throw in some fish flakes like every other day. Maybe I should do it daily. Is that what’s slowing down the process?
 
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10-25-2018, 12:47 PM
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What are you readings now, did you start off using nitrifying bacteria?
 
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10-25-2018, 12:59 PM
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So my ammonia is at 0, nitrites are around 1.5ppm and nitrates are 10-20 ppm. Yea I dumped in a small bottle of special blend like 2 weeks ago. Which smelled horrible by the way.
 
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10-25-2018, 01:54 PM
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I would stop feeding until nitrites/nitrate drop, these 2 do take longer time to process. When cycling my tank I did look into special blend but you would have to use more than one of their product which takes around 6 weeks to cycle and most important follow the bottle direction. You can wait it out or try Dr. Tim's.
I would do a water change and buy a small bottle of Dr. Tim's one and only nitrifying bacteria and use the complete bottle. If you cycling fish-less less you will need to purchase ammonia as well. I use this product twice in the past to cycle my tank and each time tank was cycle in a week.
 
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10-25-2018, 03:18 PM
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I would stop feeding until nitrites/nitrate drop, these 2 do take longer time to process. When cycling my tank I did look into special blend but you would have to use more than one of their product which takes around 6 weeks to cycle and most important follow the bottle direction. You can wait it out or try Dr. Tim's.
I would do a water change and buy a small bottle of Dr. Tim's one and only nitrifying bacteria and use the complete bottle. If you cycling fish-less less you will need to purchase ammonia as well. I use this product twice in the past to cycle my tank and each time tank was cycle in a week.
Thanks for the advice. I think I’m going to wait it out another week or two to see what happens. Then I’ll try that method if it doesn’t work.
 
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10-25-2018, 03:23 PM
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Well don’t add anymore ammonia until Nitrite is at zero. Nitrate won’t be at zero without water change. You’re pretty much at the end since seeing nitrates, just a little time left for the cycle to completes.
 
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10-25-2018, 05:20 PM
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Well don’t add anymore ammonia until Nitrite is at zero. Nitrate won’t be at zero without water change. You’re pretty much at the end since seeing nitrates, just a little time left for the cycle to completes.
Okay cool thank you
 
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10-25-2018, 06:41 PM
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Thanks for the advice. I think I’m going to wait it out another week or two to see what happens. Then I’ll try that method if it doesn’t work.
Sure thing, just wait for nitrite goes down then a water change should take care of the nitrate.
 

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