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    Default HELP!! Tank not cycled after 4 weeks - with "Benibachee" soil

    Dear all,

    I'm a newbie and have just started shrimp keeping for few months. I have recently set up a second 10 gallon shrimp tank from scratch with "Benibachee" soils and some essentials like Beemax, Mineral powder, etc. Currently using UGF and a sponge filter.

    However, it's been 4 weeks of cycling and I'm still at 2.0ppm ammonia. I have even dosed some live bacteria few days ago and I am still getting that amount of ammonia reading. The tank currently has a ph of 6.0 or maybe lower (tested using API test kit), is it because the ph is too low ?? I hope any experienced keeper here could help me on this.

    Thank you very much.

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    You may want to change to another test kit and test again.

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    I had the same problem but mine was 2 weeks, it was stuck at 0.5ppm ammonia for a whole week with established HOB filter and sponges. What I did was, I bought some active water and dosed the required amount, next day, ammonia dropped to 0.25 then the day after that, all the way to 0, did a test on nitrite = 0 and nitrates at around 10 ppm, did a 50% water change to drop the nitrates and re-dosed the active water. I did some research around and people have the same problem because of the low ph it produces which 'stalls' the cycle. However, the recommends adding active water which helps the bacteria gets through low ph i suppose

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    What is active water? for me I normally add the whole amount of 250ml bottle of bacteria for start up, this will speed up the process.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rahdom59 View Post
    What is active water? for me I normally add the whole amount of 250ml bottle of bacteria for start up, this will speed up the process.
    Whole 250ml? That's a bit excessive!!! Actually, I heard before someone use the whole 500ml to soak the substrate.

    Bacteria will die easily in new tank, thus you need to add more through a period and will yield the best result. It works better by dividing your 250ml into a week or two week dosage.

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