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Needing Some Help with Cycling

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Hello, I'm fairly new to this hobby and having a little trouble with cycling my tank.

I have a 40 gallon breeder that is heavily planted and now has 6 white clouds.

The tank has been up and running for a little more than 2 and half weeks. I have been testing (API master kit) my water about every five days and I keep getting HIGH amounts of nitrite, well over 5.ppm. This is in addition to having 0 Ammonia and 0 Nitrates.
When I first got a huge nitrite spike I did a 50% water change and the results diminished to .5ppm. The second time I only did a 20% water change and the following results diminished again.
I had 24 white clouds but because of the huge nitrite spikes I now have 6.

Am I missing something, or is my method flawed, or do I just have to be a little more patient? I'm just confused because of the relationship between the amount of Ammonia (0) and Nitrate (0) in regards to the high amount of Nitrite.
Some insight or help would be really appreciated.
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ArchimedesTheDog don't quote a whole reply just to say 2 words which add nothing to the discussion. Now we have to skip over a HUGE chunk of text to get to the next post.

If you like a members contributions but have nothing to say in the discussion, send them a PM. People appreciate this.

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For the OP: Consider adding some floating plants in good quantities ASAP like frogbit, duckweed, red root floaters etc. These plants are best at taking up NO2. The next best plants are quick growing stem plants. This will help to safeguard your fish against climbing NO2 levels.

Hi ATD. I wanted to send a PM instead, but felt it was better said publicly to remind other members that this is bad practice. From what I can tell 99.9% of your contributions are great, just that this one was poorly thought out.

It's great having Diana contribute here but you have to remember that folks like Diana etc that have been around a long time have this info written down and often copy/paste for new members. It's great to see that they take the effort to pass on this wealth of information, but we need to remember that thanking them each time without adding further to the discussion just makes the forum messy. As I said, if you're happy with someone's contribution but have nothing to say, send them a PM and thank them personally. I'm sure they'd get a kick out of this. They would much prefer this over making the thread they've contributed to more messy than it needs to be.
 
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