Nitrite reading confusion!
My first tank (20gallon) seems to be nearing the end of cycling.
As of ten seconds ago:
Ammonia - .25ppm (*happydance* it dropped from yesterday's reading of 1)
Nitrate - 20ppm
pH - 7-8 (I haven't tested it in a few days)
Problem: I cannot understand my nitrite reading. It's this purple color that does not appear on the chart...it's a lighter purple than the 2.0 and 5.0 colors, but it is super BRIGHT so it doesn't match with the lower readings. I feel like it has to be somewhat low b/c nitrite is obviously being converted into nitrate...
I'll just do my ammonia happydance again and hope the color changes later tonight so that I can buy fish at the end of the week when I get paid!
how did you cycle the tank? what test kit are you using?
Well, it started out with 3 cories in it but they died b/c I messed up and didn't cycle it before I added them :o(
So I kept adding food to finish cycling.
I've got the API master test kit.
that the test kit we all use here so its a good one!
Oh so it is just nitrite off the chart high?
No fish left... :o/
I was hoping everything was going to level out soon...do I need to add a shrimp even if it is halfway through?
I just finished cycling my tank with fish. I'd never heard of a fishless cycle and apparently I had the wrong fish for it too (4ADFs, 5 cardinal tetras, and a betta), but NONE of them died. Not one! I used Seachem's Prime which is fantastic stuff. It's a water conditioner but it also detoxifies ammonia and nitrties. My nitrite readings were off the chart too. I did pwc's every day or every other day when the nitrites started to spike. Just an FYI for you.
Glad your fish made it through! I was sad when my cories died...they were really playful. How much water do you think think I should change out?
When my nitrites were super high I was changing out 50% daily per the instructions of several very informed people on this forum.
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