Hey guys, so i've been working on cycling my 10 gal (live planted) with the fish-less fish food method for the last three weeks and things were looking good, i saw a rise and fall in anemone, nitrate, and nitrite.
Nitrates were sitting at a steady 8ppm and nitrite was .5 and dropping with each day, which made be believe that i was getting close to the end of cycling. however, when i woke up the other day and tested my tank i found that Nitrate levels had jumped to about 30ppm and my nitrite levels were about 5.0 ppm! (my alkalinity has also dropped from 120ppm to low 80's) this is how they have been the last few days without changing.
I have no idea what happened in just a few short hours but it is extremely frustrating.
Is there anything that can be done to get it back on track? or do i just need to start all over?