03-02-2007, 10:30 AM
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Don't panic and have patience. Cycling can be difficult and such a pain! We'll help you through it.
My advice is to keep on testing daily with a quality testing product like API, and changing 10-20% of the water (daily if necessary) when any level gets out of hand. Just enough to get the levels acceptable for the fish without throwing the cycle off. The nitrites have to spike for the cycle to complete. Make sure not to overfeed, and if you are going to add anything to try and help the cycle along, I would only use BioSpira, which got me through cycling 3 tanks effortlessly. I feel anything else is a waste of money, but at this stage you are almost there. You should start to see your Nitrates rise soon, and the ammonia/nitrites decline.
Not sure how long you've had the tank, what fish you have in the tank, what you using to test (strips vs. liquid), or what "I cleaned the tank out" means.
I can't comment on removing a bio-wheel (I use them also). Mine stayed in for all my cycling, so I have not done that, but see what others suggest. You may also want to try and get just a handful of gravel from an established, healthy, aquarium. Do you know anyone who can provide this for you?