I have a 10 gallon planted tank that I'm currently 2.5 weeks into fishless cycling. The LFS
recommended I use Sea Chem Stability so I've been using that for about 6 days. I took some readings this morning and here are my numbers. Seems off the charts to me, but this is the first tank I've had to cycle. I have not done a water change(was told not to during cycling) in over a week.
There's no fish or shrimp in the tank. I'm currently using Fluval Shrimp Stratum so the lower PH was expected...but it didn't change at all during the first week so I didn't expect that much of a swing. All readings were taken with an API Freshwater Testing kit.
Nitrite - 5ppm+
Nitrate - 60ppm
Ammonia - 2ppm
PH - 6.4
What does this mean? Is the tank a lost cause or is this normal? After the first 7 days I tested and almost everything was super low. I've been adding a couple grains of shrimp food every other day to bring the ammonia up while using sea chem. I've been noticing some almost brown colored stuff covering parts of my amazon swords and a tiny bit of the slate tile over the last few days(you can't see it in the picture as it was taken over 4 days ago). I've also been running co2
for the plants. It's a DIY set up. Should I discontinue that or? Any advice would be awesome. I run the co2
during the day and night(not shut off for it), but I have an air stone pumping a massive amount(tetra 40gal pump) of bubbles during the night to help get rid of the excess co2
and raise o2
My goal is to have a colony of Red Cherry Shrimp in here, maybe add some Crystal Red Shrimp eventually.
The only thing I think I need to do is maybe a 25% water change. I figured I would ask before doing anything as the LFS
guy said not to do water changes during the cycling process. I think if I did water changes maybe twice a week it could even out. Any advice would be awesome here.