07-20-2009, 05:35 PM
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Do old water jugs grow algea and NITRITES ?
Two days ago (saturday) i cleaned my tank walls and skimmed the top layer of gtavel, then riverwashed it and removed All my plants which ALL had black algea on them.I added 14 gal's of my stored r/o water, then my tank had a nitRITE spike 0 ammonia .5 nitrates ph dropped to6 or less. I assunmed it was a mini- cycle and treated w. amquel and superbac only to find my nitrites on the rise. Ipurchased more r.o at my usual spot and tested it, to find that it had equal nitRITES as my tank(after14 g water chaneg). Big al's suggest that sense this the second time i've found nitrITES in my water jug that it must eb my jugs and that i should bleach them and allow them to sit several days to dry out. I have put water and r/o right in the jugs and that is all, this is a reoccuring findings for nitrites in the water which is stored in the jugs. I would love feedback, does anyone think this dx is accurate ? Are minerals enough to grow algea and nitRITES? Thanks for any input