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Old 03-08-2012, 12:14 PM   #11
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Old 03-08-2012, 12:21 PM   #12
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I found some pure ammonia at Ace Hardware last weekend. I dosed the tank to 4ppm. A few days ago my numbers were :

Ammonia: 2ppm
Nitrite: >5ppm
Nitrate: 80ppm

Then last night my ammonia had dropped to 1ppm, but all the other numbers remained the same. So, I dosed it back up to nearly 4ppm.

NOW this morning my numbers are:

Ammonia: 1ppm
Nitrite: >5ppm
Nitrate: 40-60ppm.


Its weird, because my ammonia dropped overnight, but my nitrIte has remained off the chart this entire time. AND how would my nitrAtes drop without even doing a water change?
Looks like you're getting close. But your trites still need to come down. Give it time. Also, it wouldn't hurt to get a second opinion on your testing. I'd take your water to your LFS and see what readings they get and compare.
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I didn't know it was possible for my NitrAtes to drop on their own- especially overnight. I haven't done a water change.
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Nitrates can turn into a gas and leave the tank naturally if you have a deep sand bed . There are other factors but I can't remember them off hand.
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Is it normal for my ammonia and nitrate levels to both drop, but to have the nitrAtes be so high and not drop at all?
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Yep it's normal . Even though nitrates can turn into a gas and get absorbed by macro algae a water change is the only way to see instant results.
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Should I continue to dose the ammonia until nitrites start dropping, or just leave it alone?
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I would . It will give your tank a better beneficial bacteria colony. It will pay off in the end.
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Right now, you have a good start on the bacteria that converts the ammonia to nitrite but the bacteria that converts the nitrite to nitrate has not been established well. That is why the nitrite stays high. The nitrate may have dropped because you did the test a little different or because of a macro algae or even your skimmer possibly. Because the bacteria are not converting a lot of the nitrite to nitrate, you have no new nitrate to replace what is being consumed or exported by natural means.
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Right now, you have a good start on the bacteria that converts the ammonia to nitrite but the bacteria that converts the nitrite to nitrate has not been established well. That is why the nitrite stays high. The nitrate may have dropped because you did the test a little different or because of a macro algae or even your skimmer possibly. Because the bacteria are not converting a lot of the nitrite to nitrate, you have no new nitrate to replace what is being consumed or exported by natural means.
I'm not running my skimmer during the cycle process. Is there anything I can do to help facilitate the conversion of NitrIte to NitrAte?
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