i changed 5 litres of the water with another batch of distilled water yesterday, the water when i tested it was 0ppm nitrite, ph 6.6 GH 0
today i test and the water is at 2ppm possibly 5 its hard to tell with the API kit, but more likly 2 as theres no fish, i added some carbon to the filter and removed some of the floss to keep the flow up, but it was only today i switched the pump and heater back on. surly 2 liters nitrite water to 5 liters clean should have eliminated it. at least not made it rise like this.
the bottle says quality controled electrolyte solution which i presume was just distilled water. theres no warning labels on the bottle so i gather whatever product was in here didnt contain anything harmful. and no ingredients.
could it be cycling, like a fishless cycle, im pretty sure this water was clean before i added it. normaly the colour change is pretty quick if there is any nitrate at all the regent go from blue to lilac, so i dont think i should have left the water for a while to make sure. i never tested for ammonia in the bottle because i thought if theres ammonia there will be nitrite.
im really stuck here..i want to get a good biofilter on the go so when any spawning happens i wont have to change the water so much if any while there still in egg stage. once there born im going to get them used to tap water asap.
any tips.. apart from ammonia remover or anything that is commercial or costs money.
ive been testing everyday before i made the change, and it stayed at 2.0ppm all the way, i removed the fish and it remained the same.. so i made the water change.. and its still the same.
i have no light over the tank. but it still gets indirect sunlight from the window. temp is allways about 75 and ph is at 6.8
any other suggestions?
55US Gallon Medium Planted | 36x15x24Tall
PH 7.0 - 7.2 GH 11
Ehiem 2232 Thermo
2.7WPG 160W 10,000k 5xNO T8's
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