02-13-2014, 02:38 AM
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You will need to test for ammonia as well.
How long has the tank been set up?
As long as you don't have high ammonia, you're looking pretty good. It looks like your bacteria/ nitrogen cycle is producing nitrate and therefore complete, but still not fully mature. In a mature tank, nitrite will be converted to nitrAte so fast you'll not be able to get a reading ( reading will= 0).
When did you last change water?
When your tank is fully and totaly established youll see nitrAte accumulate between water changes with no measurable ammonia or nitrite. Your test results will be somthing like 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite, 10-20 nitrAte.
The only additive I use is dechlorinator for my water change water, not to say that you shouldn't use chemicals if you feel they help.
Instead of salt, I would add live plants to further stabilize your tank. My favorites are anacharis, hornwort, anubias, and hygro.
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