Hi everyone! I had a little set back with my bowfront this past few weeks and had to completely trash the whole tank and stand and buy a brand new one. Of course this took me a few weeks to purchase so meanwhile, my brand new live sand and rock (some live, some dried out from an old system) had been hanging out in large totes cycling.
So here's the question. Now that I have the new setup running, I've been testing for the past few days and Im seeing the ammonia drop to almost nothing, the nitrites have been at or above 5.0 and the nitrates are almost undetectable. When I first tested, everything was as i figured it would be, literally everything high except the pH (which I raised to 8.4 once i got everything in there). Why did my nitrates drop so low? I havent done anything to the tank besides run the powerheads and I bought another couple live rocks from the LFS
. Did my bacteria that eat the nitrites die off and are no longer producing the nitrates? I assume that they were probably present in the totes since they were cycling for so long and must have died when I moved them out of the totes. But I honestly just dont know. Ive never had this situation come up. lol Any suggestions? Partial water change? Should I add some ammonia to keep the cycle going?
Oh and I just realized that the sand and rock and been cycling in the totes for about a month....not just a few weeks. Man time flies when you're working your butt off to buy fish tanks!!!!!
Thanks in advance!