The nitrite test is at around 1ppm now because I did a water change this morning. But by tomorrow it will read around 2ppm. And continue to increase and increase from there.I don’t know enough to answer that. . . That’s why I’m asking questions.
Nitrite test as of this morningI’d typically ask more questions, but I get the sense you’re tired of answering them. So here’s the best I can tell you. . .
Cycling a tank can be a lot of work and even frustrating at times. Testing daily and probably daily water changes to keep ammonia and nitrites at safe levels for your fish. There’s no way to avoid either of those things. When I’ve done fish-in cycles, I changed enough water to keep the combined level of ammonia and nitrites below 0.50 ppm.
A typical cycle usually takes 4 - 6 weeks.
Ammonia is at 0 but I haven’t been testing nitrate since I’ve been water changing. I’ll start doing that to see if the nitrite is converting period.My nitrite spike took 5 straight days of 40% water changes to drop to zero. I tested each day and for 5 days the nitrites were high. when i tested on the 6th day the nitrites were zero so no water change needed. That is when I went to my weekly water changes.
A 2 week nitrite spike isn't unheard of. Are you seeing any ammonia? Are your nitrates gradually going up? If yes to both question then it is just a matter of time until you have enough nitrite eating bacteria to clear all of it out of there.
On the other hand I was helping a young lady. No matter what she did up to and including 100% water changes the nitrites spiked right back up off the chart over night. We finally determined it was a piece of decor causing it. Although both pieces she had in her tank were pieces designed and sold as aquarium decor once we removed them the nitrites were gone. Is that a possibility here?
When you run the nitrates test be sure you shake bottle #2 like your life depended on it. You want to break the sediment loose from the bottom of the bottle and mix it in well. If not then you will probably get a zero reading.