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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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Yes! First you're ammonia spikes, then your nitrite's spike, then after they both settle down (Usually around 1 ppm) then you will start seeing Nitrate's. A healthy tank has nitrate's no higher 8 ppm
If the nitrite is beginning to spike, it should be ready between at least 4 days and 2 weeks
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