Thread: Gotta question for all
11-16-2012, 04:30 PM #11Originally Posted by Dave Waits46 gal fw tank with black skirt tetras, neon tetras, spotted cory catfish, cherry barbs, guppies, snails & 4 amano shrimp - plastic & live plants
5 gal QT with green corys & 2 guppies
11-16-2012, 04:42 PM #12
Just did another 50% water-change,waited about 1/2 hour for the water to mix and tested again. Same reading, did the test twice. I should have seen some kind of drop in Nitrites. At this point I'm wondering about the test kit. Maybe the Nitrite test solution was mixed wrong and is too strong.
Driving me insane!
Oh! Andrea, back then we really didn't trust water conditioners that much. The three day run was insurance. Old Habits die hard.
11-16-2012, 04:45 PM #13
I had a very similar experience in the same time frame, however, I was doing a Fish-In cycle.
So week 1 had zeros across the board.
Week two ammonia spiked at 2ppm.
Week 3 I have 0 ammonia, 5ppm nitrite, and 20 ppm nitrate.
Week 4 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite, and 10ppm nitrate.
Here are the catches.
My tap water had chloramines which released additional ammonia into the tank. Whenever I did a water change, my ammonia was increasing....bad news huh. Make sure to test your tap.
Also during water changes, you can slow down your tanks ability to process the nitrites.
Its not very nice to the fish, but my recommendation is to leave your tank alone for the most part and let it run its cycle. Also, Seachem Prime will help to de-toxify the ammonia, and nitrites in your tank until bacteria has a chance to eat it.
Here is my formula for success. Every 3 days do a 25% water change with a double dose of Prime. 24 hours after your water change, add 1-2 ounces of your Stability or Start Smart (your good bacteria booster).
It took one month and 4-6 fish deaths, but 20 fish survived and my tank is cycled now.
I wish you the best of luck.
Last edited by ddavis1979; 11-16-2012 at 04:49 PM.55 Gallon Freshwater Tank (semi-planted) 48"x21"x13"
Video of 55GAL Tank - DEC 2012
11-16-2012, 06:20 PM #14
Another thing that is puzzling me is that my fish show no signs of stress. No clamped fins, no quick gasping for breath, no rapid gill movement, not darting about or hanging at the top of the tank.
BTW, sent an E-Mail to API about the Nitrite solution. Until I hear back from them I'll keep up the every other day water-changes.