I am currently cycling a turtle tank to house turtle hatchlings until they are bigger. I been cycling for about 7 weeks. I been stuck on high nitrates for around 3 weeks.
I have done the following:
Current readings: Ammonia=0 Nitrite=5 Nitrate=40-60
60 gallon aquarium with approx 30 gallons of water
Fish in cycle (2 danios) I also added about 8 ghost shrimp thinking my turtle might eat them. He did not. They are all still alive. I see no signs of stress on the fish.
I do not feed the turtle in the tank to avoid excess food and feed my fish sparingly. Any leftover food I am certain the ghost shrimp take care of.
I do 2-3 weekly 20% water changes
I have recently added fluval biological enhancer
Water temp=78 degrees
Is my cycle stalled? is it normal to have high nitrite readings for 3 plus weeks?
I attached pictures below
Thank you in advance