alright. i just got these 2 BN plecos as i mentioned in the other post. what i did not mention is that i put them in a newly set up tank (10 gal
) for QT, and i have been using fish water from my other tank and a couple of algae covered rocks to help cycle the water quickly. i tested my water before adding the plecos and i had 0 for ammonia and nitrites
well a few days have passed, and yesterday i finally did an ammonia and nitrite test. i got .25 ammonia and .25 nitrites. so then, i changed the water out and put some more water in from the other fish tank. about 10 hours later i got home from work and school, and i tested again (just now). now the ammonia was lower, but the nitrites were still .25. it's slowly climbing, i have observed, and it seems to remain the same after water changes.
to clear one thing up: no, i'm not using test strips.
since i was planning on moving my rummy nose tetras out of the 55 (established cycle) QT, i realized i could just move the plecos and QT them in that tank. but the only problem with this is the fact that i need to establish a cycle in my 10 gallon anyway (i have been procrastinating for a while!), so i kind of don't want to take the fish out of there.
so i guess i've narrowed it down to a few options (unless you guys have any ideas)
1. move plecos to 55 immediately
2. change water in 10 gallon again, and tommorrow go out and buy BIO spira bacteria, so i can instantly cycle my tank (or so that's what the product claims to do, everyone on here says they've had great luck with it!)
3. just keep changing water in the 10 gallon until it cycles (which could be risky, i think)
what's my best option here? if i can avoid having to move the plecos to another QT tank, that would be great! i'm thinking option number 2 would be best, but i'm not sure how that would turn out either