Originally Posted by Jill977
We have had our aquarium for about a month. We cycled the tank and had the starter fish and now we have cichlids. The nitrites are really high right now and I have been trying for about a week to reduce them. We used Biospira before we added the fish. I have been putting in Prime everyday for about a week which is what the petstore recommened. I have also changed the water several times and once changed almost 75% of the water. I added Stress zyme when I did that. I have also added Ammonia lock to reduce the ammonia levels. They aren't all that high though. The Nitrite levels are still way too high and I am afraid that the fish will die. I have a 55 gallon tank with 4 cichlids and 2 algae eaters. I have also reduced how much I have been feeding them. I am new to all of this and I don't know what I need to do. HELP! I appreciate any advice!
ok first, since the nitrite levels are high you havent cycled your tank.
Now i think the problem you have here is a un cycled tank, which is very bad for chichlids.
Also, another problem is the ammonia lock thingy that you said you use, dont use this as it will starve the bacteria of ammonia and the bacteria will die and in the end killing your fish.
Also you havent given us enough information, can you tell us what chichlids specifically and what algae eater, im worried about the algae eater as they might be Chinese Algae eater which are no good.