...the bacteria that is.
I bought a stand for my aquarium a few days ago and drained about 80% of the water, so that I could lift the tank, to get it onto the stand. I didn't vacuum the gravel, but I did disturb it a little bit, in order to rebury the air hose and some plants.
The problem is that, all of a sudden, my nitrite level is zero and ammonia is showing up again.
I would assume that the larger water change wouldn't affect the bacteria, but am I wrong?
The only other thing I can think of is that I may have overdosed with Prime when adding the new water. For some reason, I think I may have used 5mL of Prime instead of 1. I'm not sure, because I was just "doing another water change." However, if the larger water change couldn't cause it, then maybe I did overdose with Prime.
I know there are questions as to whether or not it does anything to nitrites, but it does say something similar to "in a nitrite emergency, a double dose may be used." Well, if I added 5mL, then that is a 5x dose.
Anyway, regardless of what I did to f* it up, am I basically just starting over again?
...or could I just be dreaming this all up and the reason the nitrites are zero is because my tank is cycling? Wouldn't the ammonia be zero too, at this point? The Nitrate level hasn't changed...
*sigh - I dunno....