Originally Posted by okiemavis
silicates, high nitrates, low oxygen, too little light and a variety of other things.
Well that's definately not me. The suface is broken via a Whisper 10 HOB that actually creates a little current in front of it and going down the front at the top. My loach swims in it all the time.
My Nitrates are usually between 10 and 20. The Bottled spring water I use has about 10ppm nitrates right out the bottle. And it's the only water I can use. The Tap water here is contains 2ppm of Ammonia, and the water sold at the LFS is like 5 bucks a gallon. 74 cent bottled spring water does the job.
I have the light on from when I wake up until I go to bed.
I may have high silicates though. All my ornaments are made of resin. My sunken ship is plastic. So that may be the only thing form that list of causes that I have. But like you said, it's in the Nitrite stage of cycling (Again, Uuuuuuuuuuuugh!) so that's why it's probably happening.
Quick question: I found out why my Nitrite phase was taking so long. I was changing too much water too often and removing bacteria. I kept doing water changes enough to bring the Nitrites back to near 0 and every day they would climb back, because I removed too much too often.
I've done one 2.5 gallon change since I learned about this about 4 days ago. About how long before my Nitrites start going down on their own? It's been holding steady at 1ppm for about 4 days straight until I did a small water changes just now. How long before It'll go down? Another week? two weeks?