02-06-2013, 07:57 AM
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Originally Posted by gracietank1974
Hello, I've still been keeping up with the 40-50% water changes every other day and STILL NO sign of the end!!! :( :(
The Ammonia is staying consistent at < 0.25, Nitrites DARK Purple (i assume > 5) and the Nitrates between 10 and 20. I'll try to add pictures in the next day or two.
I've added numerous live plants as well as some floating plants, I've been keeping up with the PRIME treatments and no more fishy deaths still.
This is getting really frustrating!! Is there much else I can do?
Thanks in advance!!
Nope, not much until the nitrites come down, assuming that you've been doing what has been suggested already. The fact that the ammonia is staying below 0.25 is a good sign, the tank is staying ahead of the ammonia. The nitrates going up is also a good sign as that means that the nitrite eating bacteria are doing their job too. It's only a matter of time before those nitrite eaters are numerous enough to handle both the regular supply of nitrites and the additional over supply. They reproduce exponentially so you should be a sudden drop in nitrites. Once ammonia and nitrites are both consistently zero the nitrates will continue to rise and water changes will still be needed to keep that level as low as possible, less than 20ppm or even 10 is better, but certainly not as much or as often as you are doing them now.
You must be just over 5 weeks now... I hear that it can take that long to cycle a tank. I went plants first so I didn't go through all this.