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Old 10-03-2013, 11:50 AM   #1 
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PLEASE HELP - cycling issues

So I have a 5 gallon tank. I knew nothing of cycling when I set up my tank. Now I have an idea about what is going on but I am still concerned. My nitrites have been staying at 1ppm for the past 5 days. Even with partial water changes. I fear I may have over cleaned my tank and might have disrupted the cycling. I'm worried about my fish. What steps should I be taking to keep my fish safe and help along the cycle?
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Old 10-03-2013, 12:25 PM   #2 
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You should do at least a 50% water change with nitrites at 1. Retest an hour or so later if they are still >.25 do another 50% water change. Keep testing daily, anytime nitrites (or ammonia) is >.25 do a 50% water change until the cycle process is completed. Nitrites can last 2-3 wks give or take.
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Old 10-08-2013, 03:57 PM   #3 
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Thank you very much for your advice! I am have doing the water changes and keeping the nitrites down. I am starting to see nitrates so hopefully they won't last much longer.
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