Cycle Question

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by Justin I, Apr 25, 2018.

  1. Justin IValued MemberMember

    I am cycling a 5.5 gallon betta tank. I check the levels today; ammonia is 0, but nitrite and nitrate are dangerously high. Will these levels drop on their own, or should I do a partial water change?

    Its probably been two and a half weeks since I began the cycle, using fish food and bacteria starter.

    Thanks for any and all advice!
  2. Ms roseWell Known MemberMember

    Change some water then leave it alone for a few days then test and see what happens. But only change out a small portion of water

    Your on your way id say about half way there. Keep up good work
  3. BobNJerryValued MemberMember

    do more frequent water changes (20% about 2 gallons) until your numbers level out.

    it's a part of the cycle process and when you add fish your number will spike a little. Every water conditioner i have ever used has said to add more when adding new fish- try that as well.
  4. Justin IValued MemberMember

    Thank you guys! I will follow the advice of both responses: I will do a 20% water change today, test in a few days, and continue with water changes every other day or so.

    Is it typical to see nitrites AND nitrates spike at the same time? This is where I became confused; as I understood it, ammonia will be high, then drop as nitrites rise. Nitrites will remain high for a bit, before dropping and being replaced by nitrates. Both are *very* high at this time.
  5. Ms roseWell Known MemberMember

    I'm having same problem so idk, but keep up water changing and wait, is all we can do. Sorry I don't have a more definitive answer, I hate the idk answer but for fish it's often the answer you get once going threw all pertanate info

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