New tank cycle - Nitrites above 5ppm - Good or bad?
I’ve been cycling my new tank and tested some water parameters today and found that my nitrite level was most likely over 5ppm since that’s all the API test kit goes to. Should I do a water change or let it sit for a day/two and test again and hopefully it drops? I’ve heard mixed reviews on high nitrite levels stalling the cycle process and killing off beneficial bacteria. Here’s a timeline of my cycle from day one to today to see my process....
8/18 - started cycling aquarium with all filters and heater running. No substrate, only two 6” pieces of Cholla wood. Used Prime to condition water and added Stability. Have media sponge and media bag in AquaClear 50 filter. Will add a capful of Stability everyday for 7 days.
8/19 - Added Dragon Stone to aquarium. Dosed with Stability and a pinch of flake food.
8/20 - Dosed with Stability and two pinches of flake food (one AM, one PM). Ammonia tested at 0.25ppm. Zero nitrite and nitrate.
8/21 - Dosed with Stability and added a pinch of flake food. Ammonia tested at 0.25ppm and PH tested at 8.0. Zero nitrite and nitrate. Boiled Manzanita driftwood and started soaking in a bin of water. Drained tank water into a bin, vacuumed any loose debris from bottom of bare tank, Added 2 bags of CaribSea Eco Complete and refilled with same water that was taken out. All flake food in water was disposed of before filling tank back up.
8/22 - Dosed with Stability
8/23 - Dosed with Stability. Added Dr. Tim’s Ammonia to bring ammonia to 3ppm.
8/24 - Dosed with Stability. Ammonia tested 3ppm. Zero Nitrite or nitrate.
8/25 - Dosed with Stability. Ammonia tested 2ppm and Nitrite tested 0.50ppm. Added Manzanita branches and almond leaf to tank.
8/26 - Dosed with Stability. Ammonia 1ppm, Nitrite 5ppm or over, Nitrate 20ppm, PH 8.2
—TANK IS NOT AQUASCAPED YET. Everything in the tank will be getting used in the aquascape once my plants come in and I can actually do it—