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  1. #1

    Question Handling Nitrite Spikes


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    I may have asked this before but let me write out his situation im in and what i should do. On sunday i was swapping out my filter floss to add some more in both filters and i did everything ass backwards and feel i have a spike because the way and how long i exposed the media un submerged for a some time also i feel even though i only feed twice a day the quantity may be too much as i tend to over feed to help let the little and shy guys get their share. Most likely those are the reasons i have a spike but i wanted to know how i should go about this. Right now i have a smidget of ammonia thats going away and is nearly 0 now and my nitrite is .25-.5ppm ish more .25ppm. What i decided to do is fast my fish for two days since ive been feeding them non stop and havent had a off day feeding them yet and hoping the reduced waste production has the nitrite back down by the weekend. Is this the right thing to do? i feel a water change with my water reading .5-1ppm will just escalate the problem. Im not too sure so thats why im asking so thanks in advance . By the way the fish dont seem to notice the spike that occurring and i see noone gasping for are or acting weird.
    110g All Male Peacock/Hap Tank

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    You need to do small frequent water changes and feed less. I know you have ammonia in your tap water, but you still need to keep the nitrites down for the health of your fish. That is why I suggest small and frequent water changes, that way you aren't dumping a large amount of ammonia in the tank. Eventually the bio-filter will catch up and you can start with larger water changes again. Don't forget the Prime, it will detoxify the ammonia long enough for the bio-filter to convert it.
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    Perfect post by mommy. Also, I would only clean one filter at a time.

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    Was going to take that great advice from mommy today but i just tested the water and after a full day of not feeding my readings are normal 0 Ammonia and 0 Nitrite. My scheduled water change is on Sunday so is it ok to wait ? Nitrate ais around 40ppm. Since i have strong cichlids is it ok to attack something like this the same way in the future if i come across this problem again? But yea next time im going to have everything ready when i change my filter floss. This time i drained my Fx5 and didnt have the replacements cut soi tried to do that at the same time and yea.
    110g All Male Peacock/Hap Tank

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    You'll need to do a relatively large water change to get rid of those nitrates. 40 is borderline on harmful... heck, 20 is arguably borderline. I would err on the side of caution and do the water change sooner than later.
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    I agree, you need to do a water change now. Because of the number of fish you have you might need to do two water changes weekly to keep the nitrates lower.
    If it's called tourist season why can't I shoot them?
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    i thought 40 was acceptable for cichlids and 60 was harmful ? But yea im going to do a large water change to lower them and now i will split the water changes to twice a week.
    110g All Male Peacock/Hap Tank

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    Where'd you get that idea?

    High nitrates, like trites or ammonia would be toxic for any species of fish. < 40ppm is acceptable, but borderline. =< 20ppm is ideal.
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