nitrites during planted tank cycle?
I set up my first planted tank (7 gallons) about 10 days ago. I have moneywort, java moss, dwarf baby tears, anubias, and a microsword.
I dosed ammonia to around what I think was 3ppm. It steadily decreased and is now reading 0.25 ppm.
However, my nitrite readings are confusing. The API test kit is giving me this bright purple/almost magenta color. It has been that way for a few days. The nitrates have been around 10-20ppm.
I just did a 30% water change, but no luck. My plants seem to be doing okay, not great. I want to start adding ferts (aqarium coop easy green), but I don't know if adding more nitrogen to the tank would mess things up.
Several snails have appeared and seem to be doing well (i.e. not hanging out at the water line), and my intention is to add a betta. What should I do to get to the point where I can add a betta?