Well im still having the same trouble with my cycle
cycling with fish
I have been stuck with nitrites reading off the chart every day. been doing 30-40% pwc's every day for nearly a month now since my ammonia reading went to 0 and stayed there.
took fresh readings when doing my pwc this morning. here is my readings and my equipment/fish list:
Temp 76-78 f
nitrites >5ppm (limit of the api kit)
nitrates 20ppm after pwc
30 gallon 36x12x16 glass
2 inches pea gravel
1 piece hardwood driftwood
1 penguin 150 biowheel filter with 2 cartridges
1 tetra whisper 40 w 1 cartridge
1 marineland 150w heater
4xgiant danios sizes 2"-3"
1 common pleco 2.5 inches
1 java fern
StartRight decholorinator (added to water change buckets then to aquarium by syphon)
I tested the water before and after the pwc...no change. tested tap water 7.8 ph a/n/n all 0
tested nitrates after treating my tap water with start right....a/n/n still al 0 (thinking the start right was causing a problem)
I have had no fish death at all but I cant seem to get the cycle past the nitrite spike though nitrates are being produced.
I do suspect my fern isnt doing well through. the "babies" on the tips of the fern leaves are getting tinges of brown. just noticed that today so when I get home ill trim that. dont want to remove it because my pleco is doing a good job of keeping it clean without damaging it.
Feeding schedule is 1 small pinch of betta mix flakes morning and night and 1/3 algea wafer 1 time daily for the pleco at night. Im not finding food on the bottom after feeding them so dont think im over feeding. The plec is doing well has a good weight and not being any more of a poop machine than he should be.
when I did my pwc today I did lightly wrinse (no scrubbing just shook of the detrius) and reloaded the filters. no scraping just a quick dunk to shake off the poo in the dirty water.
if anyone has any other ideas im all ears.............HELP :)