Originally Posted by Guko
I have a simple dipstick for the nitrates and it says that its zero as well. I have algae growth now on my sails on my sunken ship so i want to assume My cycle is done but I've read that phosphate levels can mask the nitrites. My Ammonia has stayed Zero for a while now which is awesome So I know my Cycle is finally started what I'm wondering is why my nitrites never spiked and if thats normal in the process.
Nitrite spikes are sometimes missed ,and I have had them appear and test zero the following day.
Am troubled by no nitrate reading, but test strips are notoriously innaccurate.
Might take sample of water to local fish store if you can find one that doesn't also use strips and see if the results match yours.
Or you could add one small fish and monitor the ammonia levels closely. If the ammonia remains at zero,and nitrites remain at zero, then you could in my view SLOWLY add one or two SMALL fish with week in between new additions.
Would under no circumstances add too many fish at once. This would most assuredly result in ammonia levels rising to lethal levels until bacteria could catch up with the load.
Many folks also begin adding too much food with the addition of new fishes ,this too can cause ammonia levels to become lethal. Slow and steady stocking ,and careful feedings will produce best results.