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..)