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Old 06-23-2012, 04:00 PM   #1 
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Prime to reduce Nitrites?

Has anyone used prime to reduce the nitrite spikes during cycling? My current water parameters are PH: 7.8, Ammonia:0PPM, Nitrite:1.0PPM, Nitrate, 5.0PPM. Would I just treat the whole tank for the nitrite spike or should I wait until my water change?
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Old 06-23-2012, 04:16 PM   #2 
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The nitrite spike is part of cycling, is it not? It should decrease when the nitrates number goes up. Then you do the water change. Are you doing a fishless cycle?
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The nitrite spike is part of cycling, is it not? It should decrease when the nitrates number goes up. Then you do the water change. Are you doing a fishless cycle?
I am doing a fishes in cycle, but it is being seeded from a smaller tank that was completely cycled. I know it's part of the cycle, but I'm just trying to keep the water at a good quality. It's a 26 gallon tank being seeded from a 5.5, and it'll be a week monday since it's been seeded.
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Old 06-23-2012, 10:35 PM   #4 
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Fishless it does not matter how much nitrite is in the water, and fish-in cycles are tricky and stressful for the fish.
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Old 06-23-2012, 11:14 PM   #5 
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Cool

You could always just do a partial water change.

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Old 06-24-2012, 04:03 AM   #6 
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I'm not sure Prime does anything for nitrites. I'd do partial changes to get and keep the nitrites below 0.25ppm. You might research SeaChem's Stability. I think your situation is what it'' for.

If you're getting 0.0 ppm ammonia plus nitrite and nitrate after only a week, you're doing really well---testimony to the efficiency of 'seeded' cycling.

Would you be so kind as to document your cycle and post it here:

http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/b...e-logs-104242/

Thanks a lot.
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