10-17-2009, 06:34 PM
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One suggestion, you are using the API test kit and they are good kits. However, the Nitrate kit can give false (high) readings. The instructions on Regeant #2 are to shake it 30 seconds, and they warn that the results may be affected if not shaken enough. I learned in another forum that it should actually be shaken for 2+ minutes to give an accurate test result, and members there noted that shaking it 30 seconds gave false high readings for nitrate. Maybe try that in a new test and see.
As FP said, your cycling seems normal, and the daily pwc will handle this. Nitrates do usually rise at the third stage of the nitrification cycle, kept in check with the pwc, and then as the biological equilibrium is established they will be lower. In a thickly planted tank this does not occur, ammonia and nitrite will never rise to testable amounts above zero because the plants (when there are enough of them)consumemost ofthe ammonia/ammonium, and nitrates will be low from the start. But without plants, you are on the 2 to 8 week cycling plan
and this is par for the course. I wouldn't add any more fish until the cycle is completed.
Last edited by Byron; 10-17-2009 at 06:36 PM..