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« Reply #50 on: October 24, 2014, 09:17:19 AM »

So, your readings aren't the same after all.  Smiley  Your ammonia went from 1ppm to .50ppm from what I can figure out.  That is a good thing.  I want to mention, though, to watch how you test nitrates.  Once you show a reading for them, they will never go back to 0.  You will always have a reading of some sort.  If it does show 0, it probably means that the chemicals were not being shaken enough.  Especially bottle #2.  This is a very thick solution and needs a shake for about 2 minutes instead of what is printed in the instructions.
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« Reply #51 on: October 24, 2014, 09:29:13 AM »

This morning it was different finally, it is odd to me thought that I have yet to see nitrite. As for the nitrate, I usually shake the 2nd bottle for at least 3 minutes and tap the bottom to loosen it up.
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« Reply #52 on: October 24, 2014, 10:01:14 AM »

When I cycled mine, I never saw nitrites. I had ammonia which gradually went back to 0.  After fretting about that for a while, someone here suggested that I check for nitrates.  I did and there were some!  To make a long story short(er), nitrites only stay for a short period of time and I just plain missed them.  I think you missed them too.  Smiley

Your tank is still cycling because you have ammonia but I don't think it will be much longer now.
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« Reply #53 on: October 24, 2014, 02:44:15 PM »

I think i'm finally getting to a stable point it has been a long hard few weeks but I have learned a ton. Now for my paramedic midterm tomorrow... bring on some more stress!!
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« Reply #54 on: October 24, 2014, 02:50:49 PM »

Good luck!!
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« Reply #55 on: October 24, 2014, 04:59:32 PM »

True ammonia readings will slow down the bacteria responsible for converting nitrites to nitrates. Nitrites can be fickle to test. Average nitrite production can last from a couple of days to weeks. When one has discovered that their nitrite cycle has stalled, they can relieve that most of the time by increasing the temperature a bit.  happy
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« Reply #56 on: October 27, 2014, 12:43:57 PM »

Today's reading
Ammonia: .5ppm
Nitrite: 0ppm
nitrate: 5ppm
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« Reply #57 on: October 27, 2014, 01:53:06 PM »

You want to keep the ammonia under .25ppm.  So, whenever it is over that (on a liquid test), do a 50% water change.  Smiley
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« Reply #58 on: October 27, 2014, 10:21:27 PM »

I have been doing daily 50% water changes for about 3 weeks now and my problems are almost completely gone! just in time to start up the 55 gallon tank.
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« Reply #59 on: October 30, 2014, 09:51:26 AM »

Still completing water changes daily, still have a slight amount of ammonia present  everything else is looking good
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« Reply #60 on: October 30, 2014, 11:46:26 AM »

Do you have nitrites yet?  They aren't as toxic as ammonia.  When you get to that stage you can lessen the water changes to 50% every 36-48 hours.
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« Reply #61 on: October 30, 2014, 12:23:50 PM »

Still no nitrites, my nitrates are up to 5ppm, and I increased the water temp slightly like Russ said
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« Reply #62 on: November 02, 2014, 03:52:34 PM »

Today my ammonia reading finally came back at 0ppm!!!!!! Everything is stable and looking good Thank you all for your help and advice!
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« Reply #63 on: November 02, 2014, 05:24:35 PM »

Great!  Just watch it for a few days to be sure that it stays steady.

How did your paramedic test go?
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« Reply #64 on: November 02, 2014, 05:51:30 PM »

2nd highest grade in the class so I was happy! Thanks for asking
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« Reply #65 on: November 02, 2014, 07:36:02 PM »

Congrats, Adamo!  That is quite the accomplishment!! 
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« Reply #66 on: November 02, 2014, 09:57:28 PM »

Good to hear  happy
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