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Old 06-01-2013, 11:56 AM   #1 
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Cycling: Nitrite still high

It's been 6 days since my Nitrites have appeared and they haven't gone down yet. My nitrates have also appeared and keep going up to 40 ppm in the last two days. I did a 50% water change on those two days to get the nitrate down to 20 ppm but the nitrites seem unaffected.

What should I do? Do I just keep waiting or is my cycling stalling?
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Old 06-01-2013, 11:58 AM   #2 
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What is your nitrite at? I'm surprised it's not affected by the water changes.
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Old 06-01-2013, 11:59 AM   #3 
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If it's not a lot, you might test the water you're using to see if it has the nitrite levels in it to begin with.
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Old 06-01-2013, 12:00 PM   #4 
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I use the API Master Testing Kit and it's higher than 5.00ppm for sure. It was a bright purple color. I have Seachem Prime and I thought about using a few drops to detoxify the nitrIte. Is that good?
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Old 06-01-2013, 12:01 PM   #5 
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I tested my tap water before starting my tank and it read:

ph: 7.8
Ammonia: 0
NitrIte: 0
NitrAte: 0

So I know for sure that it's not coming from my tap.
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Old 06-01-2013, 12:01 PM   #6 
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Oh, wow. If it were that high, I would do back-to-back water changes until it went down. And yes, the Prime will work to detoxify nitrite. Look at the directions on the back to see how much for your size tank.
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Old 06-01-2013, 12:03 PM   #7 
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If you're seeing nitrates, that's a good thing. Now it's just a matter of getting your nitrites down.
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Old 06-01-2013, 12:04 PM   #8 
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Yeah, the nitrAtes are having a ball in my tank. I'm just very concern over my nitrItes. Just used a couple drops of Prime in my tank and I'm going to test nitrIte after this post.
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Old 06-01-2013, 12:10 PM   #9 
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How big a tank is it? You can use up to 5 times the recommended dose to detoxify nitrite.
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Old 06-01-2013, 12:11 PM   #10 
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It's a 10 gal tank. I read the instructions again and I just put in 50 drops of Prime into the tank.
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