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Old 10-19-2005, 01:31 AM   #1
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I just did a water test today..first time in a few weeks.

My nitrites read at about .25ppm..maybe because I replaced my filter media last week (eheim substrat pro).

I know nitrites are really bad for the aquarium, so is there any way to speed up the process to get the nitrites back to 0? Any help is appreciated.
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Old 10-19-2005, 02:44 AM   #2
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throw in some prime?
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When was your last water change and how big was it?
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Old 10-19-2005, 04:04 AM   #4
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I do 25-30% water changes weekly.

And I threw some Amquel Plus in a little while ago.
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could throw some plants in it ...also ...you might want to cut back on the amount of water you are changing out mabye 10% to 15%....everytime u do a change the tank has to rebuild that water to the already previous water conditions...I.E. losing bacteria...also changing out the filter media will also have a effect....give it a couple days I am sure it will even out
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Water cahnges don't affect the bacterial load very much if at all. It was probably the media change that prompted the mini cycle. Just keep up your pwc's. Perhaps 15% every second day until the cycle has finished. Even 20% if nitrites build up too much.
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you might want to cut back on the amount of water you are changing out mabye 10% to 15%....everytime u do a change the tank has to rebuild that water to the already previous water conditions...I.E. losing bacteria
There is no bacteria in the water column. It only lives on surfaces. I do 50% weekly water changes... have been for 26 years.
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Whew, had me worried for a second. I too have been doing 50% changes every week for a while. Thought I'd been killing my fishies. lol
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I've been having a problem with nitrites as well, My kit is giving me a reading of around 10ppm nitrite, well into the "danger" zone. It's been this way for about 3 weeks. I've been doing regular 25% water changes (2-4 days), and at the suggestion of the lfs I've been adding Prime after the changes.

The tank is a lightly stocked 20g, 2 red wag platys, 1 male dwarf gourami. other parameters in the tank are stable and well within safe.

is there something I'm doing wrong? or something I could be doing better?
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What kind of test kit are you using? That just doesn't make sense.
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