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Old 04-08-2013, 10:56 PM   #1 
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Unhappy Does Prime detoxify nitrites?

3 weeks ago, I found a fish I loved and opted for a fish-in cycle. While I have been able to keep my water safe with water changes and prime, I have started getting nitrites and they are spiking fast.

This morning I did a test and read 2.0 so I did a 50% water change with a double dose of Prime... I'm pretty sure my test kit won't give me an accurate reading after such a large water change and with using Prime so I'm hoping to get some advice on if I should do another water change tonight?

I know you guys recommend fishless cycling and I wish that I went that way instead, but there's nothing I can do about it now and I'm willing to do however much work it takes to get Walter through this :(
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Old 04-08-2013, 11:02 PM   #2 
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Sorry. It's ten gallons, filtered and heated to 79.
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Old 04-08-2013, 11:40 PM   #3 
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Personally I would do another water change of 50 % and keep doing so until the nitrites are down to a max of .25. 2.0 is WAY too high.
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Old 04-08-2013, 11:55 PM   #4 
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Agreed with Jexx.

How often are you doing water changes otherwise? And is it just one fish in the 10gallon?
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Agreed with Jexx.

How often are you doing water changes otherwise? And is it just one fish in the 10gallon?
Yes, it's just one male betta.

For the first three weeks I had no problem controlling the parameters with a 50% every other day, but a couple days ago nitrites showed up and I started doing a 50% daily.
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Be prepared for multiple changes a day potentially. I was changing upwards of 6 times a day when nitrites showed up an I'm there again
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Old 04-09-2013, 12:06 AM   #7 
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Sounds like it's just part of the cycling process. I did all my tanks fish in cycle as well. If your fish isn't having any behavior changes I wouldn't worry about him. They're pretty hardy. Just step up on your 50% changes until it goes back down. Keep monitoring the parameters for now.

Ammonia is 0?
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Old 04-09-2013, 12:31 AM   #8 
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Yeppers, I checked it this morning and it's 0.
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Old 04-09-2013, 12:41 AM   #9 
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Then it sounds like you're nearing the end of your cycling. After ammonia drops the nirtites rise. Do water changes to get it back down. Soon you'll see your nirtrites drop and your nitrates will rise.

kyle89 is right, you should prepare for possible multiple 50% changes in one day. I think you're supposed to wait an hour after a change to check the parameters again.

Cycling takes about six weeks so looks like you're on track :) Keep it up!
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Old 04-09-2013, 12:46 AM   #10 
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K, I just did another 50% and I'll test again in an hour.
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