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Re: [APD] Getting shot of Nitrate Xperiment
I believe Robert T. Ricketts wrote this email section below:
> Stuart Halliday wrote, in response to a question on bacterial inoculation:
>> Does the substrate and the internal filter sponge count?
> Not unless they were moved from a mature tank, so were already seeded with
> nitrification bacteria. Otherwise, establishing a nitrification cycle is a
> matter of chance. In my opinion, that is a waste of time and effort. Add
> the right bugs and it will build mature colonies quickly.
They were all bleached.
The idea of the experiment was to test out methods of fishless cycling.
I did basic ammonia adding first and a test with ammonia with a mature
sponge from a mature filter rinsed out into the tank. These took the longest
to cycle - 40 days.
The 2nd one actually got stuck as ammonia got very quickly converted to
nitrite within a few days. But no nitrite conversion to nitrate.
I read 5ppm (the max. my test kit goes up to) and I waited 5 days. Then I
did a 50% water change and still got 5ppm so it was pretty high.
I diluted the nitrite levels right down to 1ppm and then the nitrite to
nitrate bacteria kicked in.
200 Million years in the making...
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