I have a 70 gallon mixed African cichlid tank. I admit I was a bit premature adding m 25 fish
but now the levels are confusing me. I had about 1ppm Nitrite and Ammonia when I added half the fish. I waited for the levels to come down to about .5ppm to add the rest. The levels have never been optimal in the tank...but thats just the precursor to the problem. Now the tank doesn't seem to be producing the Nitrate that it used to. It was putting out a solid 40ppm when I would check every two days, now its down to about 5ppm. Ammonia is currently <.25ppm and Nitrite is still hanging at 1ppm. I have done two smaller water changes and conditioned with Prime (which detoxifies the Nitrite and Ammonia) so the fish seem fine, all eating well and acting normal. When I added the second half of the fish, over two days I added a flask sized bottle of Nitromax to the tank. Levels did not change much but the bacteria bloomed and then took hold in certain areas. Now, for the past few days I have been slowly adding Top Fin's version of a bacteria supplement.
Please help me with my current problem,
I know I was premature with the fish
, but its to late to debate that.
Thanks for any advise.