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  1. The ammo, nitrite, & nitrate can co-exist for a while before the tank fully cycles. I would think that for the Nitrate to hit 15(20-5), the tank is closing in on the final stages of cycling. I know this is hard to believe Nickie and you may even be in denial, lol but your tank will cycle eventually. Trust me on this. I hope your right!!! I do trust you! LOL! You seem close Nickie! Seems the KH was a big part of your problem! If your tank has gotten some of the 2nd-type (nitrite->nitrate) bacteria, then its not really all that funny that your nitrates have started to rise without your nitrites ever jumping much. As soon as the nitrites form, they immediately start being converted into nitrates. In fact you may find out that these 'almost zero' number are actually zero. I've found that depending on the quality of light, etc, the zero color on the color cards may be a tiny bit off from the color you see. Technically, most instructions say you should pick the 'closest color', and not average as we humans naturally do. If the closest color is definitely the zero, and it stays that way for a while, it may just be zero. Thanks so much! I guess the only thing I can do is keep an eye on the params and PRAY!!!
  2. Thanks JOH! Nope, the nitrates in the tap are still at 5. They are raising in the tank. The funny thing is, the nitrites have not gotten above .25 yet and the ammonia is almost non existant (sp?).
  3. Very pretty! They are gorgeous!!!
  4. Beautiful fish, Liv!!! Her colors are amazing right now!!! I can't wait to see what she will become later!!!
  5. I just wish I could figure my situation out. I mean, I went from having no nitrites and ammonia at about .50 everyday to having barely any nitrites or ammonia and 20 nitrates almost over night (within a few days).
  6. Yes, the tap is still 5 on the nitrates. I wonder if I may have had some BB's on that bio-pad that I transferred to my new filter from my old one and maybe that helped? It is so weird to me because (as far as I could tell) I had no cycle going at all and then BOOM, my cycle starts. Now, the nitrites are barely climbing at all and the nitrates are getting higher. This has only been a few days!!!
  7. My cycle just started a few days ago. I have nitrates out of my tap of 5. However, what I am noticing is that while I hardly have any ammonia or nitrItes, my nitrates are rising very rapidly! This is not normal in a newly cycling tank is it? I have been keeping a diary of my water params and this is the pattern that has been going on since I first noticed the cycle. As an example: 2-9-08 11:17am Ammonia: Very close to zero Ph: 7.8 NitrIte: 0-.25 NitrAte: 5-10 Salt: .1% I did not do a wc yesterday, but added Prime to the tank 2-9-08 10:00pm Ammonia: Close to zero NitrIte: 0-.25 NitrAte: 8-10 ph: 7.8 KH: 89.5 2-10-08 10:38am Ammonia: Almost zero NitrIte: 0-.25 NitrAte: Almost 20 ph: 7.8 Salt: Still at .1% Why are my nitrates climbing faster than the nitrites? I though the nitrites were supposed to come first? Any suggestions are appreciated.
  8. Because that was what I was told here... That ph and kh do affect a tank cycling.
  9. I wasn't ignoring you. I never used the stuff so I figured I let someone who has used it answer your question. No, Fumi, you never ignore me! I wasn't referring to you.
  10. I went ahead and added one dose of Prime as no one else has answered yet.
  11. WHOO-HOO!!!! That is wonderful!!! I can't wait to see them!!!!!
  12. Hooray for Elaine!!!! I am so happy that she is doing better, Chrissy! Your are a wonderful fish mom to her and I am sure she is so happy that you care so deeply for her!!!
  13. Rachel, I have already threatend her with the KoKo stick! She better get in gear and post those pics SOON, or else!!!
  14. My fish are doing good. No signs of stress yet. I have the tank salted at .1% right now and have had it that way since Wednesday when I did my last wc.
  15. It is amazing and downright SCARY what they will cram a poor fish into!!! What will they think of next to use as an "aquarium"?
  16. I would use Cycle for the recommended time it says to on the bottle. As for adding another fish, I would go with a telescope, but I am sure a Rukin could be okay with your moor. Do you have any salt in your tank now? What are your water params? Ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, and Ph? Btw, the Top Finn 30 your are using only filters 150gph and you need at least 200gph on your 20g tank. You may want to add another filter to bring that up.
  17. I haven't checked them in two days. However, I have 5.0 nitrates out of my tap water and that was where they were at on Wednesday.
  18. I was wondering about this. A week ago, I changed out my two filters that I had and put on new ones. I was using an Aqua-Tech 20-40 and a Whisper 10-30. I had these on my tank since I set it up in Oct.. A few days before I changed them out, I added coral to my tank to try and get my KH and PH up. I had also started using baking soda for about two weeks. A few days after I changed out the filters my cycle started. I realize that the coral had something to do with that. However, my ph had gone up for two weeks before I changed out the filters and the baking soda had brought my Kh up to 71.6. I changed out to two Penguin filters. A 100B and a 350B. My kh and ph had been brought up for about two weeks before I changed out to the new filters. I wsa just wondering if bio-wheel filters promote better water circulation and oxygen and maybe that was what got my cycle started, along with the higher ph and kh? I mean, let's face it, my ph and kh were already up for about two weeks before I put on the new filters. When I changed to the new filters, I took one of my bio-pads from the Aqua-tech and placed it in my 350B; suddenly, my cycle started. Can a certain type of filter be better for cycling than another?
  19. The thing is, the Prime is gonna wear off in about an hour or so. It is only effective for 24 hrs. Should I go ahead and put some Prime in there now? If so, how much? Thanks, Deb!
  20. Yesterday, my water params were: Ph: 7.7 Ammonia: Below .25 Nitrite: Below .25 Kh: 89.5 Salt: .1% I did not do a wc yesterday, but added a double-dose of Prime. Today, my params are: Ph: 7.8 Ammonia: .25 Nitrite: Right at .25 (may be a tad shade lighter than .25, but close to it) Kh: 89.5 Salt: .1% Should I do a wc today at all, or just add more Prime? Please someone let me know! Thanks!!!
  21. Chrissy, George looks just like Hammy, except her eyes "bug" more! LOL! He is a cutie!!!
  22. What I did when I got my new Penguins was take the bio-pad from my old filter and put it in the new filter. That way, I didn't lose any BB's that were on that filter pad. Most of the Bb's do live in the filter, but they also cling to any surface in the tank, like the sides, the top layer of gravel or on river pebbles, and ornaments. Does the Top Finn have room in it to put the old filter pad in with the new pad that comes with the filter? Or, do you have room to run both filters at the same time? Also, I don't think I am telling you the wrong info here, but I want to apologize in advance if someone states I am wrong, as it does happen alot!
  23. I can't wait to see new pics of your pool, Mr. Black! BTW, we have missed your company here!
  24. That is a beautiful tank and a very lucky fishie!!! You did a wonderful job!!!
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