10-25-2007, 12:45 AM
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Help Me Please! Ammonia. then Nitrites now Ammonia again???
I am hoping someone can tell me what is going on. I unfortunatly bought a new 33 gallon tank almost 6 weeks ago and the next day bought some fish. (1 Heros Notatus(South American Cichlid), A Raphael Catfish, 6 Neon Tetras, 3 Glass Catfish and a goby Dragon) If I knew then what I know now then I would have waited for the addition of the fish. I used cycle, did 30% water changes every couple of days, sometimes every day if the ammonia levels or later the nitrite levels got too high. My ammonia levels dropped to 0ppm about 2 1/2 weeks ago and the nitrites began to spike. I started to decrease the frequency of the water changes at the advice of my local pet store to reduce the stress on the fish. Well yesterday the nitrite levels started to drop and today I have a reading of 0ppm. I was thrilled 5 weeks 3 days and I was cycled. Just for fun I tested the ammonia and it is up from 0ppm to 0.25 ppm. Am I starting over again? I have not added any fish. I did use mardel to treat for fungus but this was complete over a week ago and have been assured that this would not hurt my cycle. Please HELP me understand I can't find any other incidents of this happening.