03-13-2011, 10:21 AM
| || |
Originally Posted by tanker
I think it was about three weeks until I saw nitrites. As blabomb said, it varies. I've only one thing to add and that's to do more water changes when you have readings for ammonia, every day if necessary.
Well, it's been over 5 weeks since I changed the filter and goofed up my cycle. Still, though...I've been doing everything mentioned here (frequent water changes when the ammonia level hits .05, using Prime, etc.) and still, NO NITRITES. I had a small trace of them about two weeks ago and thought I was finally on my way, but they disappeared and not a trace of them since. It seems like I'm doing something to kill off the bacteria or something, but I have no clue what I'm doing wrong. Am I vacuuming too much of the bottom? I think I read somewhere to do the water changes, but don't vacuum the bottom so much. Does that make sense? I'm feeding them once per day, about as much as they can eat in about 3 minutes.
HELP, please....this is getting frustrating. (On the plus side, the fish seem to be doing great - thriving even (knock on wood). We are really enjoying them, but are so looking forward to adding more to the take.)