20 Gallon Tank How much longer ya think? Are my readings normal?

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Hi,

Iv been doing partial water changes everyday and using Amquel+. I have 4 zebra danios and my last test today was

Nitrites - Between 1 & 2,
Nitrates - Way up. They were over 20 but not as read as 40,
Ammonia- Which I'm unsure if accurate because of the Amquel+ read 0.

Iv noticed My nitrates are going up really fast especially changing the water everyday and adding Amque+. My Nitrites have gone down some they were so purple I was writing my results as over 5.0 at the same time I'm noticing my Nitrates going up. I know that's what should happen for the end result but are the amounts/levels normal?

Does anyone have any guesstimations on how much longer you think till the cycle is finished?

I know there is no definite amount of time or anything....thanks everyone
 

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I'm not sure how much longer you may have, but with nitrate readings pushing 40ppm I would up the size of your water changes a bit to get the level down. Since your nitrites were so high at one point it makes sense that your nitrate levels would get so high once the bacteria caught up. As long as you waited at least 24 hours after adding the Amquel+ before testing your test should be pretty accurate. Sounds like it's coming together. Keep up the water changes, your doing fine.

Good luck!
 

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Prince Powder said:
I'm not sure how much longer you may have, but with nitrate readings pushing 40ppm I would up the size of your water changes a bit to get the level down. Since your nitrites were so high at one point it makes sense that your nitrate levels would get so high once the bacteria caught up. As long as you waited at least 24 hours after adding the Amquel+ before testing your test should be pretty accurate. Sounds like it's coming together. Keep up the water changes, your doing fine.

Good luck!
I agree. Good advice.
 
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Not even a little estimate? weeks? months? years? LOL I'll just keep waiting and watching...every time the cycling is frustrating I think of the ''Keep Swimming'' motto on Finding Nemo Thanks for your help. I will up my next water change. I was excited to see the purple go down a little and super happy to be moving forward not back!
 
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Thank you, I will!
 

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