hoping someone can help. so i HAD a tank that was cycled fishless about a year ago. while on holidays my pet sitter decided it would be a great idea to empty and clean my tank. three weeks later i still can't manage to get the water parameters correct. The nitrites were way pass what the test kit would read so 5.0 ppm
plus. so i have been doing 50% water changes every day for the last three weeks and I'm using sachem prime water conditioner. i know the pwc
are stressful but the nitrites are extremly high and more dangerous. the readings tonight are ( using the api master test kit) before the 50% pwc
ammonia- 0.25 ppm
nitrite - 5.0 ppm
nitrate- 5.0 ppm
high range ph- 7.4
ph - 7.6
temp- 27 deg
aqua 20-40 filter
fish- 1 blue dwarf gourami, brittleness pelco, and 3 mollies!
i read so many fish in cycle forums but most people seem to have more problems with ammonia. do these numbers add up for a "fish in cycle" which I'm guessing is exactly what I'm doing now that the tank has been wipe clean of any beneficial bacteria. does prime affect the reading if i test it after words? some people are saying it don't and others are saying it do for 24 hours. should i just continue the 50% pwc
with prime????? a fishless cycle was so much easier and less stressful on me and the fish!!!!!!!!