Ammonia Reading Important

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    Ok so today is day 30 of my fish in cycle. And just before writing this I did some thread reading!

    So alot of people are saying they always get a .25 ammonia reading. I think I'm having the same problem!

    Yesterday my nitrite was at .5. Been there for a few weeks. But today it's definitely at 0! Absolutely no color in the test. But the ammonia is reading .25 still! So I got worried.

    Can I go ahead and say my cycle is done if the nitrite dropped over night like that? I am using prime to detoxify ammonia and I think that messes the reading aswell
     

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    Haha oh yea. 10 nitrate! A little less yesterday.
     
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    It sure looks like your bacteria is working! What fish are still in the tank? Keep testing ammonia and nitrites every 3-4 days for awhile to be sure they remain at 0ppm, and nitrates every week. Do water changes to keep nitrates around 20 and you're good! Prime doesn't mess with ammonia or nitrite readings. It doesn't remove them and doesn't alter test results. The best way to double check your ammonia reading accuracy is to use another test method to double check it.
     
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    Thanks so much! And none of my fish died or showed any signs of stress other than my gold mystery snail that shouldnt have gone in there. Long story short I pretty much saved the snail so had to put him in.

    I have 1 Betta, 5 rummy nose tetras, 1 ADF and the mystery snail! I was going to do a water change today it's been 7 days but the nitrate is only 5-10 should I just top up the couple gallons that evaporated?
     
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    No, always do the water change. It replaces needed minerals and removes excess mineral salt buildup etc. Congrats on the good work and patience!
     
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    Thanks so much dude! Do you think I can add fish now? SLOWLY of course
     
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    Probably. Get a quarantine tank and start quarantining new fish. If you get an infection now in your newly cycled tank....:nailbiting:
     
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    Haha yea that would suck big time! I don't have the funds for that though unfortunately. There's this on lfs here and it's so good they have 6 isles of fish and every tank has a picture of the employee that manages that tank. They are all planted and very nice tanks. Never seen a better store yet! I went to PetSmart last night and I wasn't impressed alot of fish were swimming funny and kind of upside down. I'll definitely be more than careful putting new fish in this tank
     
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