Api Test Kit Results/cycling Tank Help 5 Gallon Tank

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by michelle95, Apr 3, 2019.

  1. michelle95

    michelle95Valued MemberMember

    Currently cycling with a betta

    My results yesterday were:
    ammonia = 0.25
    nitrite = 5.0 but after 50% water change became 2.0
    nitrate = 10

    After retesting 6 hours later & now (20 hrs later):
    ammonia = 0.25
    nitrite = 0
    nitrate = 0

    How come I am not showing any nitrate and how did nitrite disappear that quickly? It only spiked yesterday and that was all. I started this new tank 4 days ago, is it possible it cycled already?

    - constant 8.2 ph
    - temp 80-82 degrees
    - I swapped over an old media but I don't think it help
    - I have 4 marimo moss balls & 1 driftwood
    - Used a bottle of TSS & Dr. Tims One & Only together for a lot of BB (not sure if this was a dumb idea?)
    - Betta is still happy, curious, active.. no negative signs
     
  2. AquaticJ

    AquaticJFishlore VIPMember

    Are you shaking bottle number 2 of the nitrate test vigorously for 30 seconds and then shaking the vial for 60 seconds vigorously, and finally waiting 5 minutes to compare colors?
     
  3. OP
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    michelle95

    michelle95Valued MemberMember

    Yup, I do testings correctly