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Enough Cycling already! :D

Posted 12/05/2011 at 11:15 AM by Aaarrrggg (Aaarrrggg's 144g Half Circle Dream)
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Well as you might have guessed by now, the Amm & Ni weren't 0 the next day.... nor the day after. In fact it ended up taking 3 days. I dutifully added more Ammonium Chloride... and again it took 3 days. Blurgh.

I emailed Dr Tims customer service and they suggested the pH might be too low and to do a WC. I tested the pH and it was at 7.8 ...so I don't think that's the problem. Bah, I've waited over a month and cycled it 5 times, (which is 4 times more than people usually...
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Cycle #3

Posted 11/25/2011 at 09:11 PM by Aaarrrggg (Aaarrrggg's 144g Half Circle Dream)

3 more days and it's down to 0 Amm and Ni again. I ended up adding a little more Ammonium Chloride than the time before (40ml total,) so I guess that's why it wasn't quicker this time.

Dosed another 40ml this morning. According to Dr Tims website Amm and Ni should now be able to hit 0 in 24hrs; although with the last cycle taking 3days, I can't really see that happening. We shall see tomorrow...
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Cycle #2 down...

Posted 11/22/2011 at 01:15 PM by Aaarrrggg (Aaarrrggg's 144g Half Circle Dream)

Amm and Ni 0 again today! MUCH quicker that time around (3 days!)

Just added 30ml of Ammonium Chloride; lets see what those little bacteria are made of!
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First Cycle Complete!

Posted 11/19/2011 at 04:01 PM by Aaarrrggg (Aaarrrggg's 144g Half Circle Dream)

Well after what seemed like endless days of the Nitrite test turning the water purple on contact, it stayed blue today! Hurrah!
It's possible it was actually 0 yesterday, but it had been stubbornly purple for so long that I gave testing a day off. I guess that means the cycle is technically complete (12 days,) however Dr Tim's site says to add more Ammonium Chloride at this point.

I'm all for having even more bacteria, so I dropped in 10ml of Ammonium Chloride. I'll...
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