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Old 12-08-2012, 08:16 PM   #1
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Help major nitrite spike won't go down

My roommate severely overfed my fish while I was out of town, and when I got back, I tested the tank, and my nitrite was at 15 ppm! I've been doing 25% partial water changes everyday, and they won't go down! Please help!
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Old 12-08-2012, 08:56 PM   #2
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How many water changes have you done? It is hard to believe that they haven't gone down unless there is still a ton of food or other build up around the rocks or in the sandbed that is still decomposing and causing the continued rise of parameters into danger zones.
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I've done 6 since I tested it. There's a lot of maroonish algae growing in the sand that's dying off. I'm not feeding at all. I'm afraid to.
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Well that is cyano bacteria. Are you using ro/di in your tank?
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No.. theres no one in my area that sells it. And I can't afford an ro unit. The algae stuff is long and stringy.
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Are you getting a false reading? Test water do a 50%. Pwc and then test again. I doubt the cyano is producing nitrate. Maybe lost a few snails hermit fish. ??
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I have lost 2 hermits. I had a huge scarlet hermit that vanished. I haven't lost anything big. The tank is a 20 gallon long. It has 1 ocellaris clown, 2 pajama cardinals, and a blue damsel. I have.one more ocellaris clown in quarantine. He was showing major distress.
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Are you getting a false reading? Test water do a 50%. Pwc and then test again. I doubt the cyano is producing nitrate. Maybe lost a few snails hermit fish. ??
You mean nitrite, right? Btw, my nitrate us insanely high too. Like 240 ppm.
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Wow dats od high
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Old 12-09-2012, 03:32 AM   #10
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Is the nitrite so high that it's going off the test kit's scale? Maybe try diluting some tank water by 90% and testing it to see what you get. Anyway if those readings are accurate I'm amazed stuff is still alive.
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