well again, the fishless cycle had been going on for 14 days, with no water changes, all that Nitrite being converted into Nitrate - no dilution, reading is the 100 & above value - couldn't it be 400 or so? just guessing.. (yes, Aquarium Pharmaceuticals kit.)
My fish arrive from armkes.com soon - I did a 60% water change.. Nitrates now reading about 20ppm.. same thing with the Nitrite test, turns purple first, 5 minutes later, it's the sky blue (0ppm) reading.. I do the same Nitrite test in my other long established 55g tank, the test immediately turns and stays the 0ppm color..
I wonder if I should do another big water change before putting the fish in