Hi there, I’ve tested my water chemistry today with the following results:
Nitrate, 5/10ppm (shown in pic)
pH, 7.6 – at the top of the scale so I refined the result with…
High Level pH Test, 7.4
I still haven’t seen any big spikes in Ammonia and haven’t detected any Nitrite at all, but Nitrate is present which is good. The fish are alive and looking very spry today!
I did the full range of tests today, starting with Ammonia before another 6% water change: 0.25ppm. A short while after changing some water the results were…:
Ammonia, 0.25ppm. (pic shows the before and after Ammonia tests)
Hmmm. I’m enjoying the test tube experiments even if there is little or no change at the moment!
From reading online, I expected a peak in Ammonia, then for that to reduce and for Nitrite to peak, lastly the Nitrates to be present, showing that the essential bacteria had grown. Online forums have suggested this would take 3-6 weeks. The bacteria must be present for the Nitrate to appear so it appears to have cycled. I will continue testing as maybe it is a freak result and it hasn’t really happened! Can it be that easy? Have I spoken too soon?!