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Old 01-22-2011, 05:15 PM   #21 
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If the nitrite is that high, and there is still ammonia present, I would do a bigger water change. I had a nitrite spike in my tank when I thought my newly cycled tank could cope with the addition of a snail, and even when I got the nitrite levels down to 0, the damage was enough that my poor fish passed away not long after.

That's the trouble with a fish-in cycle, you have to find the balance between letting the bacteria form and the tank cycle, but keeping the water parameters at a level that isn't going to adversely affect Drax.
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Old 01-22-2011, 05:17 PM   #22 
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If the nitrite is that high, and there is still ammonia present, I would do a bigger water change. I had a nitrite spike in my tank when I thought my newly cycled tank could cope with the addition of a snail, and even when I got the nitrite levels down to 0, the damage was enough that my poor fish passed away not long after.

That's the trouble with a fish-in cycle, you have to find the balance between letting the bacteria form and the tank cycle, but keeping the water parameters at a level that isn't going to adversely affect Drax.
It seems like last time the Nitrite spiked they vanished soon after check my old thread "The Mysteriously Vanishing Nitrites" So I'll give it a few more hours and see if they start to drop.

Ugh, just I was clumsy earlier and I think I stressed Drax out alot haha with the siphon. Thank Goodness I got those new plants... he kept dashing into the HornWort for cover.
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Yeah I'm always scared siphoning my tank because I have heard so many horror stories of fish being sucked up. My bettas are all obsessed with the siphon and go over to attack it, so I have to shove it hard into the gravel.

By the way, I'm not sure if this has been mentioned or not, but do you use Prime water conditioner? I was going to suggest it, because it detoxifies ammonia and nitrites, which not only keeps Drax safe, but also converts them into a form that can still be used by your biological filter. Plus it takes only a few mL to treat ten gallons of water so it's very cost effective.
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Old 01-22-2011, 07:15 PM   #24 
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UGH!

I should have waited... with another test. What I thought would happen... is happening.

PH. 8
Ammonia. 0.25
Nitrite. 0.5
Nitrate. 40

The Bacteria seems to be having a feast right now... in just hours the Nitrate has shot up and everything else seems to have... leveled out and... probably by midnight will vanish.
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Old 01-22-2011, 07:24 PM   #25 
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I wonder if this is do to me... not so much cleaning the filter sponge thing... inside the filter but more or less whacking it against the sink (No tap water, just wanted to knock some stuff off) a few times to knock some of the stuff off it (Mostly HornWort debris) and perhaps that... either woke up the bacteria or made them more active haha.
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Old 01-22-2011, 08:46 PM   #26 
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Rofl, you shook them awake.

You're in the home stretch! Congrats!
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Old 01-23-2011, 02:53 AM   #27 
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Rofl, you shook them awake.

You're in the home stretch! Congrats!
Yeah oh but I know it will all go wrong! (Doesn't want to jinx it)
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Old 01-23-2011, 09:43 AM   #28 
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As of 10mins ago...

PH 8.0
Ammonia 0.25
Nitrite 0.25
Nitrate 20
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Old 01-23-2011, 07:05 PM   #29 
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At about 4pm...

PH 8
Ammonia None
Nitrite None
Nitrate 20

GO GO BACTERIA!
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Old 01-23-2011, 07:11 PM   #30 
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*starts cheerleading*
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