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Old 09-06-2006, 10:54 AM   #1
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Ok so last night around 8 i check my water on my test kit and ammonia was 0 nitrite was very light blueish/purpale so i considered it 0 or really close and my nitrates were about 30 or 40 ..... so i considered my cycle done. So after that i mixed up 15gals of water let it mix for awhile and did my 50% PWC on my 29gal tank. Also I ordered some critters online from liveaquaria that are supposed to come sometime today. Here is my problem ..... i just tested my water again with my kit exspecting everything to be perfect since i did the PWC ..... well ammonia is 0 and nitrates are about where i want em around 15 or 10 (still could come down a little) ..... but the nitrite test colored up quite a bit and is showing that i have around 1ppm or so ..... HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE? ..... should i do another PWC before my critters get here? or after? help please :/ TIA

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Solely Seeing that ammonia and nitrites are at 0 is not notifying you that the cycle is done. Did you see a spike in both of them and then were they at 0. How long did your tank cycle?
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How did you cycle and how long. As said, if you never saw the spike in both readings, maybe it didn't cycle yet.
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Old 09-06-2006, 11:40 AM   #4
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ive cycled 4 FW tanks using fishless cycle so i forgot to mention that and yes i saw a big spike in both ammonia (about 3 weeks ago) and a big spike in nitrites (about week and half ago) ..... it has been cycling maybe a little over a month and a week id say

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Hmmmm, can you re-verify the results, possibly at your LFS. It is possible the test kit might be old and not giving an accurate reading.
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Old 09-06-2006, 12:29 PM   #6
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What i dont understand is how if there is no ammonia last night and i did the 50% PWC how in the heck would there be more nitrites without some ammonia being added ... i just re tested and got the same result .... a little under 1 id say ..... so should i do a PWC before the hermits get here or should i wait and see if they do ok ... and i cant go to the LFS right now because im waiting for the Fedex guy to come.

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Ammonia is toxic and your clean up crew might not make it under those conditions, they tend to be fragile.
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ammonia is 0 im worried about nitrites
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Ack, sorry was thinking about another post! NitrItes are toxic also, try another PWC and see if that helps.
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Ok well i just did a 5gal PWC which is about 20% on my 29gal so ill wait a little bit and test again and see whats up .... luckily my critters have not arrived yet so hopefully this all works out

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