Originally Posted by platycrazy19
OK so I had to leave last weekend (didn't want to because I wouldn't be home to monitor my fish but I had to). I tested the water on Thursday. I had .5 ammonia 0 nitrite (still) and 0 nitrate. tested it when I got home today and got .25 ammonia, 0 nitrite and 5 nitrate! could I have really possibly have missed the nitrite spike over the weekend? I really thought the nitrite faze lasted longer.
I doubt it. Did you do a pwc
before you left to get the .5 of ammonia down or no? If you didn't and it's .25 now, then that's good that it dropped on its own, but a better read would have been 0. BTW, with ammonia at .25 (and potentially has been .25-.5 for several days with fish in there) it's time to break out the bucket and do a pwc
I forgot if you're using any seeded media? If you are then it's possible you won't see nitrites. It's good you have ammonia going down and nitrates showing up! But you're not out of the woods yet with ammonia still in there. Just keep monitoring and do pwc
as needed. It'll cycle, in it's own time.