Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Edwardsville, IL
Nitrites in my planted tank
I have had this aquarium set up for years, and recently converted it to a planted tank. I changed the substrate, but I kept the same filter media. That was a few months ago. Everything seemed to be fine until a couple of weeks ago. I saw one of the clown loaches scraping against rocks and such and I believed he was acting like he had ick (although I never saw any spots), but I treated him and the tank by raising the temp and adding salt. He responded well to the treatment so I assume that ick was the problem. After treatment, I tested the water, and the nitrites in the tank are at 0.25ppm. I have been doing water changes every other day and by the second day they are back at 0.25ppm again.
Do you think the salt treatment caused this? Is the tank cycling again? This is getting frustrating having to change the water every other day.
I don't know if this is going to be an ongoing issue, or if it will become normal and back to 0ppm again.