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Old 03-15-2013, 12:08 AM   #1 
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Exclamation Nitrite Problem

Ok, so yesterday I got a cheap water test kit because it's all I can afford right now (it's the dipstick kind). It said that my nitrite level was in the "danger zone" so I did a 100% water change. The tank is 1.7, unfiltered, no live plants. Up until that point I was doing 70% weekly water changes for about 2 weeks (haven't had him for very long). I didn't rinse and lightly scrub everything in the tank like I usually do because I thought the nitrite level might be from me over-cleaning things. My 1 gallon bowl that houses my smaller fish had great water params when I also checked it yesterday. I checked them both again tonight and the 1 gallon bowl was still perfect but the 1.7 tank showed the nitrites in the "stress zone" area. How could the nitrites have risen to that level in just 24 hours? I understand what new tank syndrome is but I didn't think nitrites could skyrocket like that. The fish seems to be acting completely normal and isn't showing any signs of stress that I can see.

Someone please help me understand what is going on :/
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Old 03-15-2013, 12:49 AM   #2 
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Nitrites are a good indicator that your tank is cycling at least. Keep with the water changes... 50% every other day should be good.

I myself just finished cycling my betta tank today. I know exactly what you're going through right now. For the last week I had been relentlessly changing the water... like 50% each day, and each day I tested, the tank was way over normal (like > 2 ppm). It was getting ridiculous. But all of the hard work paid off as when I checked today, I had 0 nitrites and 0 ammonia.

But the nitrite stage is definitely annoying because of the frequent water changes and long duration. Keep at it though and you'll eventually start seeing those nitrites drop.
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Old 03-15-2013, 01:05 AM   #3 
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The ops tank is not filter so they are not cycling it. A tank under 2 gallons the water should be changed twice a week. 1 50% 1 100% change

http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=115758

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Old 03-15-2013, 01:16 AM   #4 
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The ops tank is not filter so they are not cycling it. A tank under 2 gallons the water should be changed twice a week. 1 50% 1 100% change

http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=115758
If he/she is getting nitrite readings, his/her tank is cycling. You don't need a filter to cycle a tank, it just helps.

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Old 03-15-2013, 01:26 AM   #5 
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Cycling in a sense. It hard to cycle a 2.5 gallon with a filter let alone a 1.7 without. With doing 100 percent water change it would be hard to get a stable cycle. There is no oxygen being created to help bb growth and not much surface for it to grow on. Twice a week water changes should be preformed

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