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11-19-2012, 12:32 AM #1
As some of you know, I'm fighting high nitrites right now. Yesterday I decided to go old-school. I cranked the temp up to 81 degrees.I just tested again after 28 hours, Nitrites are still high but, the nitrates went from 5 ppm to 20 ppm! The higher the water temp the faster the colony grows!
Whether you're doing a fishless cycle or a fish in cycle, turn up the heater! A minimum of 80 degrees should be enough. I had forgotten this salient point until yesterday when it hit me.
I hate 'Senior-Moments!
I'm going to run it at 81 for another couple of days and do a water-change tomorrow after testing again.