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post #11 of 18 Old 01-26-2008, 10:46 AM
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Ah, so sorry! Apparently I went crazy, yes, nitrites are the dangerous ones and nitrates are the okay ones. I guess it's probably best to err on the safe side and keep doing daily water changes, as your tank is still cycling. On the other hand, I'd trust API liquid tests about 100 times more than the jungle lab strips. Very, very strange.

Why don't you try getting some water which you know has no nitrites, like bottled water and test it using both kits. If the Jungle ones give you a positive on that as well then maybe you'll know what's going on?
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post #12 of 18 Old 01-26-2008, 02:33 PM
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I have an AquaVista as well and have a similar problem: my nitrites (using the test strips) are through the roof (everything else is fine). I have one fish in there now and the PetSmart lady told me today that I should do a 50% water change and then change 20% every 2-3 days and check again in a week. So I did the 50% today; the water I'm using is DI water from a local aquarium store. She also told me not to use the Cycle additive I have been using.

Any suggestions or ideas? Should I use DI water or tap water? Thanks.
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post #13 of 18 Old 01-26-2008, 03:45 PM
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Ok first off, test strips stink! They might seem cheaper, but the water test kits last so much longer that they're worth it. Plus, they're actually accurate!

How long have you been cycling your tank for? How is your fish behaving?

I honestly see no reason to use deionized water. While it is pure of chlorine and heavy metals, it also lacks the minerals and nutrients in normal water which are good for your fish. Unless your tap water is particularly toxic, you can just use that, although make sure to condition it first!

Cycle is pretty useless, I've never heard of a case of it working, and wouldn't believe a "cycle starter" that isn't refrigerated. If you want to jump start your tank's cycle, ask a friend with an established tank, or your LFS, to squeeze their sponge filter into a bag and give you that gunky, murky water to add to your tank. You could also use decorations, etc from an established tank, but I've had a lot of success with the sponge filter gunk.

If your nitrites really are that high, I would do a 30% water change every day, and check the water parameters every day until they balance out.

Best of luck!
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post #14 of 18 Old 01-26-2008, 03:59 PM
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Okay I will get a "real" test kit.

I've been cycling for almost a month but I was gone on vacation for 8 days, threw a vacation feeder in the tank, and when I came back one of my fish was gone and the feeder had made a mess of the water cycle. Now I know better than to use a feeder.

I'll do as you suggest and get some conditioner and start using tap water.
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post #15 of 18 Old 01-26-2008, 04:38 PM
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Oh and the fish seems happy and active--swims all around constantly. They both did until the 2nd vanished.
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post #16 of 18 Old 01-26-2008, 06:02 PM
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I went and got a tube-based nitrite test kit and it maxed it: 5.0ppm. So I've added some AmQual+, done a 15% water change with tap water, and rechecked the bio filtration system. I'm going to check it again in about an hour.
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post #17 of 18 Old 01-26-2008, 08:36 PM
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Alright: two more 15% water changes and I'm down to .25ppm. I'm going to let it stay for now and check in the morning to see how it fares.
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post #18 of 18 Old 01-27-2008, 01:15 PM
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Yeah, water changes is really the best you can do, so keep that up. I'd keep doing 30% water changes at least once a day. Also, I would recommend getting some media from another tank if you can to help your cycle. I've had really good luck with that, it's good you're monitoring your nitrites though and are getting them under control.
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