1 year ago #1
Kira
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My tanks are about 2 weeks old, both are showing ammonia and nitrates (no nitrites). I tested my tap for nitrates and there wasn't any. Is my tank cycled?

I am reading 0 nitrites which is odd because my tanks are only 2 weeks old...

.25-.50ppm Ammonia

0 Nitrites

5.0 Nitrates


I have been doing 20-25% water changes every few days when the ammonia levels get too high.

I have 1 coment in a 20 gallon tank with a fluval 50 gallon filter.

In my second tank I have 3 baby fantails.

I did use Nutrafin Cycle for 3 days on my Comet's tank. What could be wrong?

I doubt my tanks have already cycled...I just don't want my fish to suffer.

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1 year ago #2
Guppies4Life
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You have to have nitrates for your tank to be safe. Nitrates will eat the nitrite and nitrite will eat the ammonia.

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1 year ago #3
Kira
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I have no nitrites...but ammonia and nitrate..Is there something wrong with my cycle?

Is it possible my tanks have cycled already?

I appreciate the help I am new to cycling.

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1 year ago #4
Guppies4Life
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If you have ammonia and nitrites your tank should be cycling, you have to try and get ammonia and nitrite to 0 though. You need nitrates to eat the ammonia and nitrates to eat the nitrites. This article might explain it to your better:
http://www.myaquariumclub.com/the-nitrogen-cycle-for- everyone-358.html
http://www.myaquariumclub.com/another-look-at-the- nitrogen-cycle-1005.html

Hope I helped!

-Guppies4Life!

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1 year ago #5
Kira
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I have nitrates and ammonia, no nitrites. It's like it skipped the second step unless everything is overlapping.

Thanks for the help. I just want to make sure I don't need to start over.

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1 year ago #6
Guppies4Life
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No problem! Make sure to give me a thumbs up if I've helped you!

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1 year ago #7
YooperMelissa
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I have to admit that when I cycled my first tank, I sort of missed the Nitrite phase, too. I wasn't testing every single day. I just realized that suddenly I had nitrates and my ammonia had dropped to nothing! So just keep watching the levels and watch for the trend. Make sure your ammonia continues to trend downward, though. In the end you want '0' ammonia, '0' nitrites, and nitrates of less than 40. (If your tank is planted, it is possible to not see any nitrates, though.)

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