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Old 05-02-2003, 05:15 AM   #1
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Nitrite problems

can anyone help? i can't find any info on how to sort out my nitrite problems, not sure what to do, my pump has been running for 3 weeks now and i have had 2 small angels in for about 4 days
any ideas on what to do?
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Old 05-02-2003, 06:18 AM   #2
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Under ideal conditions, the cycling process is typically about a month, but if conditions are not ideal, it can take up to six.

I recommend this article: http://faq.thekrib.com/begin-cycling.html for an explanation of the entire cycle process and the trends. You can also do a search on this site for a lot of discussions on the ammonia/nitrate/nitrite cycle.

Patience is the best recommendation I can give.
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Old 05-02-2003, 06:28 AM   #3
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Moved to the FW getting Started forum....reefrunner69

If this is a SW tank...let us know and we'll move it to the SW forum. I concur with Bearfan's assesment, it's too early to be expecting 0 nitrites.
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LOL, apparently Bearfan beat me to the move...
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Old 05-02-2003, 06:35 AM   #5
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sorry was not sure where to ask, i'm doing what i was told by the retailer who sold me the tank, he told me 2 - 3 weeks for cycle? should i take the fish out or will they be ok for now ?
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Do you have somewhere else to put them (ie: an established tank)? Angels can be really sensative.
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Old 05-02-2003, 07:08 AM   #7
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no i only have this 1 i have an old 3 foot 1 but it has a large crack in the glass and nothing to heat or filter it, i've spent all my spare money on this 1 the only way i can take them out is to take them back to the shop
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Your best bet right now might just be a water change. If you have insanely high nitrite, do about a 10-20% water change. Also make sure your ammonia is low. If your nitrite is really high, your ammonia should be little or nothing. At least mine was.

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Not to be the guy who slaps the kids hand. but this is the second entry I have seen today from someone who is trying to cycle a tank with angels. Angels are a fish that is fairly sensative to water conditions and will probably not survive the stress of cycling. In my opinion the best fish to cycle a tank with are zebra danios. They are cheap and they are hardy. You know even those of us who have been doing this for years, Don't put a fish in a tank until we are sure we have the right conditions for them to live a long happy life. Research, Research Research. Make sure you know what your doing, before you do it. Your dealing with a life form, not a room decoration.
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please don't slap my hand! i was working on the info i got from the guy in the shop who sold me the set up, he told me it would be ready for fish after a 2 week cycle. just to say my angels are fine the seem to be happy enough
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