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newby 09-23-2011 02:40 PM

Nitrite Level Spike
Hello my tank is running a consistent 1.0 Nitrite reading. My fish have not died thank goodness. It has been like this for a week now. What can I do to bring it to 0

zof 09-23-2011 05:30 PM

Daily water changes until it comes down and your cycle / mini cycle is complete, make sure to use a water conditioner that temporarily neutralizes nitrites like prime.

Check and make sure you are not over feeding to.

newby 09-23-2011 09:33 PM

I have done 25% change and it did nothing. What if i add an air stone to the bottom. Would that help anything?

BarbH 09-23-2011 11:33 PM

I would do a 40 to 50% water change, the more water you change out the greater the dilution of the nitrites that are in the water. Also have you tested your tap water for nitrites, and what test kit are you using? When I first cycled my 50 gallon I had a high level of nitrites, it took several large water changes to bring the level down.

newby 09-24-2011 09:09 AM

I only use bottled drinking water. I use the tetra 6 in 1 strip test.

BarbH 09-24-2011 09:22 AM

I have found that the test strips can be inaccurate and unrealiable. The liquid test kits are more realiable in my experience and in the long run they are a better deal for your money. Most members including myself use API master test kit which has the tests for ammonia, nitrites and nitrates along with tests for ph both regular and high range.

zof 09-24-2011 08:24 PM

Is there a reason you are using bottled water? Is your tap really hard or some other issue, I just ask because its going to be a lot of money to use bottled water to keep up on weekly water changes.

Also the air stone wont help much to overcome this mini cycle going on.

KendraMc 09-28-2011 01:41 PM

the best cure for a mini cycle is pretty much the same as an initial cycle: time and water changes.

brownmane 09-30-2011 02:26 PM

I see that this post is a couple of days old, but I have a question that does not seem to be answered in any of th e earlier posts. What water conditioner are you using? I use Prime for each water change which will help with any immediate ammonia or nitrite issues. Also, any plants will help absorb the wastes.

newby 09-30-2011 03:02 PM

I have done water changes. I am using water conditioner. It has been the aqueon that came with my tank. I also have 6 plants that are thriving. I dont know what to do now. They have not gone back down. Yes bottled water is extremely expensive with this large amount of water changes, however they use alot of chlorine in my tap. I may eventually do a mixture but that is after my first cycle. I bought a vaccum and vaccumed the gravel then added some sand that is suppose to be benefical for the cycling process.

I am still having a 1.0 to 2.0 reading in nitrites...:( but no fish have died yet....

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