Question on my fishless cycle....still getting high readings
My amonia reads zero after an 8 hour period now. I tested for nitrites and nitrates. Both readings are off the chart. When I did the nitrite test as soon as I put the drops in it turned a dark purple. Then after a few minutes the water actually turned a dark clear. I dont know how to describe it other than a smokey clear color. My nitrates are a dark red its definitly darker than the last color on the test card.
This is the first time the nitrites have turned the test water into the smokey clear. Nitrites have spiked for the last 3 or 4 days now. I have been adding ammonia every morning to get it to read about 2ppm. Is once a day all I need to do this? Am I on the right track?
My nitrite and nitrate readings are still off the charts. I have been adding the 1-2 ppm amonia daily. To see if I could get a better idea of what my lvls are I diluted my test samples 1.25 ml tank water with 3.75 ml tap water. (tap water tested alone came out negative for amonia, nitrites and nitrates) After diluting the samples and testing my nitrites read 5-6ppm and my nitrates are still passed the readings on my test card. I realize this isnt the most accurate but gave me a good idea. Do I need to worry about this high of lvls as far as my plants health are concerned? Any reason I should do a water change to bring the lvls down?
Last edited by idontknow; 07-08-2008 at 01:10 AM.