To make a long story as short as possible......
Thanks to everyone here I got my 150gal. cycled and runing great. Well this tank was used, and free. 2 weeks ago a seam split on the bottom and I was dealing with a mojor leak.
I drained the tank, threw all the fish in buckets, and checked my options. Everywhere I called said repairing the tank will take a week or 2 and they don't reccomend it. Well I could not afford a new tank that size. I went and got the largest tank I could find which was a 50gal.
So I set up the new tank, got some filter floss from one of the tanks at the LFS
and added my fish. First week was ok ammonia stayed in a tolerable range. This week I have been doing 50% water changes every day because the nitrites are hitting between 2-5ppm every 24hrs.
The tank consists of 4 gouramis(3 inch), 5 clown loaches(2 inch), and a sail fin pleco(5 inch). I've been using prime with the water changes, and I'm not over feeding. The fish survived the buckets, and they seem happy in this tank.
How long do you think this nitrite spike will last? I'm fine with doing the 50% daily water changes, I just want an idea of when the level should finally drop.