10-31-2011, 08:48 AM
| || | That is a drag! I've only cycled 2 tanks, but as soon as I got nitrate readings, my nitrites were gone. You've got to stop feeding your fish as often. For now, I'd only feed a small amount every other day. Get some live plants if you can, and some floating ones would be good too. You have more waste than the bacteria can handle, so you don't have enough nullifying or good bacteria at this point, as your tank is so new. Cut back feeding big time, and get plants if you can. That's my advise. Good luck. You'll get there - be patient, but keep those water changes going, or you will lose fish!
Originally Posted by xadzax
I am just finishing up with a bout of ick in my tank, and the melachite green has probably destroyed all of my good bacteria. I've never tried cycling a tank fully stocked, so this is new to me. I have been doing a 20% water change nearly every day for the past week and with every change I include aquarium salt, nutrium cycle, and nutrafin water conditioner (just switched to Prime over the last 2 days from a member's recommendation). The ammonia has gone down to ~ .75ppm which is considered somewhat safe. I can't seem to get the nitrite levels down below 3.0ppm though (stress). I guess I am most baffled by the fact the nitrite levels don't seem to budge even after a water change. I check an hour after, 5 hours etc, and it just seems to stick around 3.0. I don't think the bacteria is doing its job, as the nitrate levels are still around 5ppm. What should I do at this point? And how the heck are my water changes not dropping the nitrite levels? Are the fish really putting out that much load? I only feed my fish once or twice a day.
Thanks in advance.
4 guppies, 6 black-skirts, 1 small rainbow shark (upgrading tank soon)