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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-21-2015, 11:13 PM Thread Starter
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week one..I have nitrites..Am I o.k?

So I'm one week in on my new 5g tank(freshwater,live plants and fish). I've monitored ph,ammonia,nitrite and nitrates for the last week(mon-fri). Ph. Was a constant 7.6, all others are 0 ppm.

I didn't bother taking readings on Saturday and Sunday.

Today I tested once again and my ph was around 7.8. Ammonia 0ppm, nitrites are at.25ppm and nitrates still 0ppm.

I understand the nitrogen cycle (fish make ammonia, ammonia gets turned to nitrites by bacteria, then other bacteria turn nitrites to nitrates...followed by h20 changes to get rid of nitrates.)

I'm not sure if I got an ammonia spike or not because I didn't bother checking on those two days and today it shows 0ppm, but I have nitrites..

Am I on the right path to completing this nitrogen cycle?
Should I keep an eye out for nitrites to drop and nitrates to start being produced?

And, if i am on the right path with nitrites building should I still do a water change (I have 3 white cloud minnows in the tank..)
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-21-2015, 11:26 PM
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Tank is still cycling by the sounds of it

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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-22-2015, 12:44 AM
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Nitrite is highly toxic. Frequent partial water changes at this stage are critical to anything with a heartbeat in the tank. I would do a water change every 3 days at least. Microbacter can help speed up the nitrogen cycle, and I recommend it anyone asking for advice when cycling or adding fish. You are on the right path. Without adding something like microbacter, it usually takes a couple of weeks to get down to zero nitrite.

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Perfect. I did one yesterday just incase. I'll do another today..thanks for the advice.
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Also, you can add seachem prime to protect fish while the tank is cycling.
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Question..
I was told not to do more than a 50% water change in my tank. Nitrites are still building as we speak. I have done 3 water changes so far. (1G each time.)

I understand nitrites are a bad thing for fish and the bacteria needed grows on surfaces and not the h20.

Am I o.k. to continue doing a water change everyday until nitrites drop so my fish will be o.k. or is it 3 changes max/week?
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I would do as many water changes as necessary to keep the nitrites under control as long as you have fish in the tank. I personally would do more frequent water changes of 50% or less than less frequent, larger water changes.
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Great thanks. I will continue to do h20 changes until I get past nitrite stage..
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