Originally Posted by Heath62
yes i started tank with tap water but and now using distilled water for water changes and also to top off when tank is low.I started off doing weekly wc
but guy a lfs
said not to do them bc itll only slow down the cycle so i stopped and everything was going great level wise until this happened i know this is weird but it is what it is and dont know where to go from here
Your initial nitrate reading was probably coming from you tap water source, at least that's how it was in my situation. So it was a reading that dropped off as your water circulated. I may be wrong on this and if so hopefully someone will correct me. Hopefully I am back on the right path too. Then you added your ammonia source I presume. Either a raw shrimp or some kind of ammonia and not fish. That is what started to actually cycle your tank. Your ammonia spiked then came back down to 0. Then your nitrites spiked and still holding steady correct? Don't worry about your nitrates until your nitrites start to lower. That is when you should see your nitrates come back up again. You are on the right path IMO
you just need to wait it out a little longer. Everyone always says patience is key to this hobby, but I also know that feeling of anxiety that is screaming COME ON ALREADY!!!!