Help Reading This Api Nitrite Test, Please

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by guppiesandpuppies, Jul 17, 2017.

  1. guppiesandpuppies

    guppiesandpuppiesValued MemberMember


    I have no idea what it says.
  2. FishFish221

    FishFish221Well Known MemberMember

    Looks like between 0.5 ppm to 1.0 ppm, but closer to 1.0 ppm.
  3. heeerefishyfishy

    heeerefishyfishyValued MemberMember

    I'd go with 1ppm.

  4. bopsalot

    bopsalotWell Known MemberMember

    1 ppm, and that is very bad news. 75% water change, or 2 back to back 50% water changes with a little rest period in between, if you have fish in that tank. Consider salt to counteract the toxic effects of nitrite, again, if there are fish involved.

  5. OP

    guppiesandpuppiesValued MemberMember

    How much salt? It's a 20 gallon tank with one guppy in it and that's all.
  6. bopsalot

    bopsalotWell Known MemberMember

    I believe that would be 2 teaspoonful total, pre-dissolved in tank water. Then add the solution. Very little salt, should have no stressful effects or anything. Someone correct me if I'm mistaken...
  7. el337

    el337Fishlore LegendMember

    How long has this tank been set up? What are your other readings? I agree that you'll want to do a large water change right away to get that nitrite down as close to 0 as possible. I have read salt will help with possible nitrite poisoning but not sure on the measurement.
  8. OP

    guppiesandpuppiesValued MemberMember

    Unfortunately, I had to leave the office where I work (that's where this tank is) and I didn't get a chance to do a water change and couldn't find out how much salt to add, but I'll be back as soon as I can be tomorrow and I'll do a water change then.

    I don't feel that I can really take good enough care of any fish in this tank while the tank is cycling, and I want all pet fish to be in cycled tanks, so I'm advocating for bringing him to a small business fish store I have picked out that seems reliable and then getting all new fish once the tank is cycled.

    It's been set up for about a month.

    The other readings from tonight:
    Nitrate 15 ppm
    Nitrite about .8 ppm?
    Ammonia 0 ppm
    High range pH 8.0
    Last edited by a moderator: Jul 18, 2017
  9. Freshwater28

    Freshwater28Valued MemberMember

  10. bopsalot

    bopsalotWell Known MemberMember

    Again, the recommended dose for salt in nitrite toxicity is one teaspoonful for 10 gallons. Two teaspoonful for your 20 gallon. Dissolve it in a small container of tank water. Do this after your large water changes. You will want to replace however much salt you remove in future water changes, until the nitrites are permanently gone. Then you can remove the salt over time with ordinary water changes. Good luck!
  11. OP

    guppiesandpuppiesValued MemberMember

    I meant I couldn't find how much salt to add until after I had already left.
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2017

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