Originally Posted by SharpieItBlack
It goes ammonia, trites then trates. You switched them around
Good eye, but I didn't switch them.
According to the post I responded to, the store clerk/ manager stated that she had 0 nitrates and 50 ppm
nitrites which has to be backwards in a cycled aquarium. You can only have numbers that way in an uncycled tank as once the Nitrites are being converted into Nitrates, they are always being converted so in order to have a 0 nitrate and higher nitrite level, the nitrobacters cannot be present meaning you have an uncycled ( or partially cycled depending on how you look at the glass
) tank. She had stated that she had been keeping tanks for 40 years with those numbers. That was my point, she may have been keeping tanks for 40 years but if she had the same tank running for 40 years, those number couldn't be right.
I believe she just may have been confusing her trites and trates at that moment or she really didn't know what she was talking about. Either way, I was just saying that we here on AA seem to have the correct direction of the cycle down.