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I have had a 10 gallon tank for a month now - and the cycle is not progressing at all- The ammonia keeps going over 2 and I keep doing water changes, the nitrites are almost always at .25, and the nitrates have never been higher than 10- We did go through a very cloudy phase which I assume was the bacterial bloom- but shouldn't some of the parameters changed by now?

Oh I probably should mention I am a newbie and did not cycle before getting fish- was 2 goldfish now only one.

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Well, the good news is that once you get nitrAte readings the cycle is almost complete. It is not unusual for a cycle to take 6 weeks.

Your nitrItes are close to zero but the ammonia is still rather high. Do you think you might be feeding a bit much?

There are various products on the market that contain bacteria and enzymes that help with the cycle. I always use "Cycle" and it works for me.

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Thanks for the reassurance- I just bought cycle today and was going to ask if I should use it- so I guess I will- I definitely was feeding too much in the beginning- but the lil guy hasn't been eating since his friend died on Tuesday so I haven't been feeding much at all lately- Just dropping a flake in to see if he responds (he used to come right up)- Maybe I need to do a real hard core gravel cleaning?

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The 'Cycle' should definately help. A good gravel clean to get rid of excess muck could help too. Although as a general rule of thumb I never gravel vac while the tank is cycling. The water needs the waste to convert to ammonia etc. So if there is excess muck that could also indicate overfeeding.

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No change in the little guy-

I bought another water test kit- and some of the results are very different

Aquarium Pharmecuticals- Take water samples drop liquids in

Ammonia- .5

Nitrite- between 0 & .25

Nitrate- 5

ph- 7.4

Jungle Lab- Test strips

Ammonia- .5

Nitrite- 3

Nitrate- 20

GH- 75

KH- 80

ph- 7.8

Which one is right?

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I am more inclined to go with the drop tests (assuming both sets of tests have not expired).

It is often hard to read the strip tests & many users have had issues with them giving false readings (I myself like the strip tests for quick testing & the droppers for verifying problems)

(As an aside my first tank took about 13 weeks to cycle fully - don't give up hope!)

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We have fairly new 10 gallon and it took much longer to cycle than I thought it would--a solid 6 weeks.

Hang in there!

As for cycle, I used it as well, but can't really tell if it worked or not. I will say that I've recenly read some persuasive stuff online about those kinds of bio-bug 'assist" products. The consensus seems to be that those products can speed the process of cycling, but lead to a somewhat less stable bio bug environment.

Not sure if this is true or not, but it bears consideration.

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