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Old 07-13-2009, 10:37 PM   #1
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High Nitrite any advice?

I have a 60 gallon saltwater aquarium with 45 lbs of live sand and 45 lbs of live rock. I have had this system up and running for about 4 weeks. The ammonia is 0, the nitrate is very low and the nitrite is high, ph is a consistent 8.0. I have done water changes of 20 gallons every other day for about 2 weeks and cant seem to get the nitrite down. I have also tried using the stress zyme to help and it hasn't worked. HELP!!
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Old 07-13-2009, 11:52 PM   #2
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Sounds to me like the second stage in cycling the tank. It is normal to have a spike in nitrite if you have a lot of uncured LR. After the Nitryfing bacteria convert that to nitrate you will be well on your way. Do you have any livestock in the tank?
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No I don't have fish or inverts as of yet i have been waiting to get my nitrite down first. Since everything I have read says to get it to zero first
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Yep, sounds about right, your nitrItes should start dropping and the nitrAtes will go up. I wouldn't worry about the PWCs until the ammonia and nitrItes are at 0.
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Thanks guys for your advice I know where to go for help now.
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your nitrItes should start dropping and the nitrAtes will go up. I wouldn't worry about the PWCs until the ammonia and nitrItes are at 0.
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