10-06-2006, 11:30 AM
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I thought mine was done cycling in about 12 days. I did it without fish, and then I added them slowly, starting with mollies. Things seemed okay up until last week, when I suddenly saw a spike in the nitrites. Despite religious water changes every day, they are STILL very high. Ammonia, nitrates, pH... they are all within range. I am getting so panicky that the nitrites will NOT go lower, even after I change 25% of the water! (Yes, I tested the water I'm putting in - it has 0 nitrites). Can I expect the bacteria to form (apparently it wasn't there to begin with, altho' all my stats were low a few weeks ago)?