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Nitrite spike normal?

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I'm about 3 weeks into cycling. I just got my test kit today..
So my ammonia tested at 0.25ppm.
My nitrite is around, or over 5ppm.

Is it normal to have a nitrite spike this high? How high of ammonia should I be aiming for at this point?
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I'm guessing your fishless cycling. Honestly, I wouldn't lower the Nitrate with a WC. I've had it get up to 80 ppm with no ill effects. Keep an eye on your pH though, to make sure it doesn't crash.
Gah, sorry! Your Nitrite level should be fine. I have never had it go over 5 ppm. I don't think a WC is needed at this point.
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