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That is really weird. I have never had a tank that would not cycle. You have me stumped.

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Update:

I did a 50% water change last Tuesday (the 17th) because the ammonia was at 2.0. Decided to leave the tank alone for a week and just watch the fishes for distress and test ammonia only. It stayed under 2.0, so I left it alone.

Today my levels are:

Am: 2.0

nI: .25

nA: 0

Leave it alone because of the nitrites showing? See what happens? Fish are happy and swimmy and eating and overall look great.

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I would just do a 20% water change, same way as before but then add one teaspoon per 10 gals of aquarium salt, this will help put a bearer on the fish from the nitrites :)

are we still using tap water ?

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just wanted to update... i'm still here! fishies are still alive and thriving!

however, my levels are all still the same. no nitrates, high ammonia, no nitrites. i just can't get a cycle. i don't know what to do anymore.

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That is so weird. In this case, I would be inclined to get a scoopful of gravel from an established tank, even if that means one from the cleanest fish store you can find. Forgive me for not reading the whole thread, but have you tried Tetra Safe Start? I've had very good luck with that in the past.

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Im starting to wonder if your water doesnt have a mineral in it to kick start.....You could do like Amy said or there is one other way too, if we put plant food in like florish in, Just thinking here :)

http://www.seachem.com/support/FlourishConstituents_Deficency.pdf

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Im starting to wonder if your water doesnt have a mineral in it to kick start.....You could do like Amy said or there is one other way too, if we put plant food in like florish in, Just thinking here :)

http://www.seachem.com/support/FlourishConstituents_Deficency.pdf

it's extra weird because i've used two different water sources.

i'm going to the LFS today or tomorrow, so i will see what i can gather.

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Brown is good. Best thing to do is wipe it down and let the filter suck it back up, this is the phosphates in the water... Good sign to have brown :)

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