I started cycling my tank almost 2 weeks ago with eco complete. After 4 days I was getting nitrites....everything seemed to be progressing and today the nitrites appeared to be lowering (the color on the API test went down from 5+ to between 1 and 2) but the nitrates didn't seem to be shooting up like I had expected. On a whim I decided to test using the tetra dipstick test we got (I was desperate for a kh gh
test) and it showed the nitrites over 10ppm. I decided I was going to do a 50% water change any way just to shake things up (try to get the nitrites into detectable levels to try to monitor them).
When I did the 50% water change the Nitrite API test actually showed higher levels...is this possible or am I doing the test wrong?? The Nitrite on the Tetra test went down but is still 10ppm +
Should I do another water change tomorrow, this time maybe almost 100%, to try to get the nitrite down to detectable levels??