02-05-2011, 10:28 PM
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Originally Posted by newfish45
Hi! I just joined the forum as I was looking at info for starting a new tank. I have a 45 gallon tank with an undergravel filter along with a whisper power filter. I have had it operating for 2 weeks and did my first water tests today. Ammonia was 0, nitrate was around 5 ppm, and pH is ~7. The nitrite level was off the chart (> 5.0 ppm). (I am using the API test kit with drops). My question is, should I leave the tank as is and let it work or how should I handle the nitrate cycle at this time? It was new gravel, water, filter, etc. when I started it a couple weeks ago.
I was hoping to add some fish in a week or so.
I am hoping to add some cardinal tetras and cory cats along with a pair of discus once the tank is established.
Thank you so much for your advice in advance!
hi there and welcome to the forums!!!
just leave it as it is no water changes or anything and keep checking those nitrites and when they reach zero do a 50% water change until your nitrAtes go down to about 20ppm, and then add your fish. it could be by the next week or the one after that but just keep checking!!! your almost there!!!!
take care!!! and again welcome to our forum we are happy to have you in our community!!!!!