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    What's causing my high nitrate levels?

    Discussion in 'Setup and Filtration' started by BarnacleBoy, Nov 5, 2018.

    1. tarheel96

      tarheel96 Piranha

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      That's good news. It's probably a false negative reading for the nitrate test. The ammonia and nitrite tests are easy (aassuming this is the API kit). Only the nitrate test gives trouble.

      Shake nitrate solution 2 like crazy for two minutes tapping the bottom edges of the bottle on something. Shake test tube for 1 minute and let sit for 5 minutes waiting for color to develop.
       
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      BarnacleBoy Feeder Fish

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      Thanks for your help and suggestions. S
       
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      Okay I bought this. So 2ml per gallon?

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      Thank you for your help
       
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      This is my tank btw! Small for now because I live in an apartment. But once we get our house I'm going bigger. My cat loves it.

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      The great value is a little less concentrated. You can run a test trial with a gallon milk jug. If you like.

      If you add too much you will just end up doing a lot of water changes to bring nitrates back into the orange, after the tank cycles.

      Its 0.02 ml per 1ppm, I told you 2 ml
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      Alright I got the ammonia in the tank to 2.0ppm. How long should it take for my bacteria to convert it? Assuming my bacteria are already non-dormant and actively converting it.
       
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      Well at about 80'F. The bacteria can double their population about every 15 minutes.

      I spiked my system to 8 ppm by accident and it took about 2 days. Cleaning residue in a 55 gallon drum..

      I would expect in less than 3 days. If your system is good, you should see a bump on the nitrites, and then nitrates should turn the api test orange.
       
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      Hello; While 15 -20 minutes cycle for bacterial reproduction is not at all unusual, it seems that the bb we wish to cultivate takes longer. See the link I included. It seems that around seven hours under good conditions is perhaps a best expectation. Apparently under some conditions it can take 15 hours or more for one bacterium to reproduce. This may be part of why it can take weeks to "cycle" a new setup.

      (Note - I had problems getting a quote to function. I could not quote a line and had to quote the whole message and then delete the stuff I did not need.)
       
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