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    jaykaybee
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    Day 13 Ammonia reading is lighter maybe just under 2. Nitrite is brighter, I would say maybe 3, but I’m not totally sure, they have definately changed colour though. Nitrate is still 10.
    #348738

    Eyrie
    Participant

    Sounds like you’re finally getting some movement. 

    #348744

    jaykaybee
    Participant

    I am indeed 🙂 todays readings are ammo 1, trites 3-4, trates 15-20.

    #348757

    jaykaybee
    Participant
    Day 15 – Ammo .50 – 1, trites 5, trates 20 – 40
    #348762

    Eyrie
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    Take it you’re topping up the ammonia now and those are the readings approximately 24 hours later?

    #348767

    jaykaybee
    Participant

    no I’m waiting for the ammonia to go down scince my first dosing.

    #348771

    jaykaybee
    Participant

    Day 16 – ammo 0, trites 5+ (off chart), trates 40. Dosed ammo, put in just over 2ml in total, dosing a little at a time until i read 2ppm. Readings now – ammo 2, trites 5+, trates 40. Did ph reading, has gone down to 7.8.           

    #348773

    Eyrie
    Participant

    The idea is to top up the ammonia to 5ppm before it reaches zero and only cut back to topping up to 2ppm once the nitrItes go off the scale, but I wouldn’t worry about that now.  Main thing is that you have progress.

    #348776

    jaykaybee
    Participant

    oh dear, I will do that next time I dose then, hope it won’t make a difference.

    #348780

    jaykaybee
    Participant

    Day 17 – Ammo .5, trites 5+, trates 40-50. Dosed 2ml of ammonia. Readings now – ammo 2, trites 5+, trates 40-50.

    #348781

    Eyrie
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    I wouldn’t bother testing for nitrAtes at this point as the reading will be diluted by the 80-90% water change which is done at the end of the cycle.

    NitrIte can stay high for as long as two weeks before it falls, but once it does the decline is rapid and the cycle almost complete.

    #348783

    jaykaybee
    Participant

    Ok that’s great, thanks for the tip. So I test nitrate after the water change at the end, just to make sure it’s low enough for the fish?

    #348784

    Eyrie
    Participant

    Spot on.  The ideal reading for nitrAte is no more than 20ppm above that of your tap water.

    #348788

    jaykaybee
    Participant
    Day 18 – ammonia .25, nitrites 5+. Dosed ammonia back up to 2.
    #348791

    jaykaybee
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    Day 19 – Ammonia 0, nitrite off chart. Dosed ammonia to 2.

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