01-20-2013, 07:06 PM
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Originally Posted by gracietank1974
Okay, I've done a 50% water change and now I'm REALLY confused.
the Ammonia went from 0 to 0.5, Nitrite stayed the same but the Nitrate's went up from 10 to 20.....WHY would the Nitrates go UP???
P.S. I also added some of the "Prime"
First, have you tested just the source water (tap water presumably) on its own, for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate? And what are the numbers?
This tank is still cycling, so expect fluctuations in these numbers (in the tank water).
Prime is good; it detoxifies ammonia, nitrite and nitrate--but you will still show these with tests because Prime detoxifies them by binding them in various ways so they are not toxic but still present. Prime is effective for 24-48 hours according to Seachem. So daily partial water changes using Prime should be safe for the fish and the bacteria will still establish and multiply in the cycle, and at some point you will read zero for ammonia and nitrite with nitrate wherever.