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Old 08-27-2014, 09:05 PM   #11
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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
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Old 08-27-2014, 09:22 PM   #12
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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!!!!

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Old 08-27-2014, 09:30 PM   #13
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thats pretty much what was going on but so many people telling you different things i know this didnt seem right but that what the readings are so its still a waiting game then.. i was also told the only way to remove nitrates was to do wc and thats wat i thought but i only topped off the tank with 5 gallons of distilled water and it went down to zero
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Old 08-27-2014, 09:38 PM   #14
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thats pretty much what was going on but so many people telling you different things i know this didnt seem right but that what the readings are so its still a waiting game then.. i was also told the only way to remove nitrates was to do wc and thats wat i thought but i only topped off the tank with 5 gallons of distilled water and it went down to zero

Not sure if it's right or not, but I was also told not to do any water changes until my cycle was complete. I do know that macroalgae, live rock, and live sand will filter out your nitrates, but so does circulation. Try it if you want the proof...I had to LOL. I took a 5 gallon bucket and filled it with my tap water that reads 180ppm nitrates. I added a powerhead to the bucket and let it aerate for 24-48 hours and my nitrates started dropping. That is how I figure out what was going on with my tank. Like you, I also was puzzled by my readings until I did a little experimenting myself. I wish you lots of luck! We are both learning a lot and that is not a bad thing at all.
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no not at all and thanks for the help as we are learning ill wait another week or so and see where its at crossing fingers and ill keep you posted
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Old 08-27-2014, 09:54 PM   #16
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no not at all and thanks for the help as we are learning ill wait another week or so and see where its at crossing fingers and ill keep you posted

You are welcome and yes please keep me posted because I am still waiting too! My fingers are crossed for the both us us.
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Regarding water changes during cycling, it is often said that nitrite over 1.0 ppm inhibits the development of beneficial bacteria. I do not know if this is true since logically you would think higher nitrite would mean more food for bacteria that consume nitrite. However this logic is apparently wrong. Maybe an expert here can explain why...
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