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I’ve been cycling for two weeks and ammonia hasn’t made a move in about a week from .05. Nitrites are up somewhere between 1-5ppm also staying pretty steady.

I used Dr Tims bacteria (whole bottle) and ammonia to 2ppm. dry rock and live sand.

should I hit it with more bacteria?
 
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I’ve been cycling for two weeks and ammonia hasn’t made a move in about a week from .05. Nitrites are up somewhere between 1-5ppm also staying pretty steady.

I used Dr Tims bacteria (whole bottle) and ammonia to 2ppm. dry rock and live sand.

should I hit it with more bacteria?
Have you checked nitrates?
I suspect you are using API test kit and it's a false reading.
 
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Exactly- through the roof
Meaning... Nitrate thru the roof??
You are cycled. Do a water change. If you want to double check you are cycled...
Bring ammonia back to 2ppm. It will be back to 0 (or 0.05) on your API test kit the next day.

Do that only one time to check!
Add fish slowly, let the bacteria catch up.
 
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Meaning... Nitrate thru the roof??
You are cycled. Do a water change. If you want to double check you are cycled...
Bring ammonia back to 2ppm. It will be back to 0 (or 0.05) on your API test kit the next day.

Do that only one time to check!
Add fish slowly, let the bacteria catch up.
Nitrate showing at like 80-160 on API
Nitirite 1-5ppm API
Ammonia is still at .5 (not .05 my bad!)
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Nitrate showing at like 80-160 on API
Nitirite 1-5ppm API
Ammonia is still at .5 (not .05 my bad!)
63EA93B4-2727-445D-9C41-84AA469D2264.jpeg
Funny it's a mirror image of my tank cycling test results. I'm on week 5 noticed ammonia dropped but nitrites and nitrates remain the same as the beginning of the 5th week. 180 gallon with a 49 gallon sump. This is also got me puzzled.
 

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