Originally Posted by PNWBettakeeper
First of all, thank you so much for this thread. After being very confused about how to cycle with a betta in tank, this has been a life saver. I have been cycling for about 10 days and I know I need to be patient. I have a question that I hope you can help with. I have no ammonia showing, and no Nitrates showing but the Nitrite reading seems to remain between 2.0 and 3.0 ppm even when I change out water. I know it may be a few more weeks before I see that reading go to zero. I am wondering how much stress it is putting on my betta though. He is a very friendly and active fish. He plays, hides in his rocks and always rushes out in the morning to greet me. I also have 2 African Dwarf frogs and a couple of snails in the tank. Just worried that the nitirite reading may be harmful to my betta.
Thanks for your advice.
My first thought when I see reading like this...is some type of error-be it with the testing product, the tester...etc.....Or it could be a result of an interaction of some type.
When you get skewed readings like this and your fish are otherwise acting/behaving like they normally do....Your results are most likely a false result-That said, we needs some more info to be sure all is okay...
What size tank, type of filter, type of additives used, any live plants, type of substrate. What kind of testing products, what is your source water, test results on the source water with and without the regular additives used. To be clear-this tank has been running for 10 day with 1 Betta and 2 ADF's...correct.