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PostPosted: Sep 25th, '13, 14:42 
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Hi fellas me again. The last weeks readings have hardly changed: Ph 7.4, Ammonia .25, Nitrite off the scale, Nitrate 160. Been very little fluctuation at all. Adding nothing to the tanks but have done a few 200L water changes in about 900L tank water (ibc). Do I just need to be patent or do something? :flower:

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Sounds like things are working - just slowly. Just need patience.

What is your water temp?

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what was last weeks numbers?

Having nitrites is a good sign, means you have the ammonia bacteria going..


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Thank you gentlemen, the water temp is 24c was 33c here today early summer. Do I need to keep my ammonia at 1ppm? There are so many conflicting reports when you start reading.

Also made up a few wicking pots, they are great, tomato's are hard in Queensland but the wicking system seems to work well :)
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Ooops forgot last weeks numbers. Ph 8, ammonia 4, Nitrites 3, Nitrates 80

Thanks again for your advice, I appreciate your input :cheers:

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Get some shadecloth over your tomatoes and you might have more success with them. They love wicking beds/pots :thumbright:

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Hi Mantis, yes on the shade cloth and I bag the trusses we seem to have a lot of fruit fly around. Got traps out, and my badminton racket for the cabbage butterflies :laughing3:

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No more ammonia.

When I had nitrites off the chart, I tried diluting the test sample with demineralised water and I ended up with 5 drops ft water and 80 drops demineralised water before I got a change in colour on the test chart. I did the cycling with fish. The next three days I did 20% water changes and the nitrate production kicked in. I read somewhere that levels too high can be counterproductive.

Just be patient for a couple of days.

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If you dont have fish then just wait...The ammonia being low now means its all switched to nitrites.

The system wont have stalled, when ammonia hits 0 and nitrites are at 0 then you are running well :)


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Thanks for all the useful tips everyone and I am doing a fishless cycle. From what I have read it seemed to be the best way to go.

As my best mate used to say, "I ain't had so much fun since the hogs ate ma bruder" :laughing3:

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Hi guys, its 30th Sept PH 7.2, ammonia .25, nitrites still 5, nitrate down to 40.

have added some Charles Crap just to keep the ammonia up a little.

The colour of the nitrite test has got lighter but still 5

I have read that I need to keep ammonia around 1ppm does that sound ok? :flower:

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PostPosted: Sep 30th, '13, 13:16 
Nah... let your nitrites drop back.. then you can redose if you want to...


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Ok not adding anything except water. I still don't understand the whole concept, so I will just follow your lead thank you very much RupertofOZ. Very much appreciated.

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Ok today: ph 7.6 ammonia 0 nitrites .25 nitrates .0

50% water change and added 1 tbsp Charles Crap

new reading ph 7.2 ammonia .25 nitrite .25 nitrate 5

How'm I doin' boss :)

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6 days and your nitrite dropped like that?
Why did you change the water and add charlie carp? = contradicting yourself here I think

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PostPosted: Oct 6th, '13, 20:21 
Ok... now let the ammonia and subsequent nitrite spikes work back to zero.... then add fish...


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