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Old 11-24-2010, 11:35 AM   #1
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Nitrite test results???

I cycled my tank with three shrimp but as mentioned in earlier posts I think I had mostly cured rock so no huge cycle happened. The one thing that I'm curious about is if there is no ammonia, and nitrates are 0 as well why am I getting 0.1 or 0.05 on my nitrite tests. Would there be any reason to have some nitrites but no ammonia or nitrates? I took a sample in to the LFS a couple of weeks ago and they showed no nitrites. Could the test be off? I'm using the Red Sea Marine test kit with the addition of the Calcium Pro kit as an addition. How accurate are these tests?

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My parameters as of yesterday:

temp 79.5
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ammonia 0.0
nitrites 0.1 or 0.05
nitrates 0.0
calcium 390
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Keep testing your water every couple days. I would recommend you get some PWCs going since you already have fish in the system.
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It is possible that you are just in the middle of your cycle. You will soon start seeing the nitrites being converted into nitrates.
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I've been doing the pwc's every week so far. I'm just curious what would cause a trace of nitrite and if the test could actually be off? The tank has actually finished the cycle about a month or so ago.

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What kind of water are you using??
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Old 11-24-2010, 04:08 PM   #7
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Is there an expiration date on the nitrite test kit? If the lfs reads 0 and you are reading more than that, you should try another test kit.
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I agree with Cmor....might be time for another test kit just to verify results. Even if you just got the kit it could be expired. Check for expiration dates.
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Don't worry about nitrites. They would have to get to around the 300 ppm point before they had an affect on any fish. Just make sure your ammonia and nitrates test results are accurate.

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Old 11-27-2010, 04:37 PM   #10
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Larry,

I think we have different takes on that article. I see some species being affected at 20ppm.

I'm typing this at the airport so I didnt' cut and paste from the article.
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