Nitrite And Nitrate Levels Slowly Getting Higher - Help!

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by Gwenz, Apr 12, 2006.

  1. GwenzWell Known MemberMember

    Help!, I don't know what's happening. My Nitrite and Nitrate levels are slowly getting higher. :( I don't know what to do. Everything was fine up until Monday, but then the Nitrate rose to 10, and the Nitrite rose to 0.5. Then today the Nitrate was 25 and the Nitrite was at 1. :'( The weird thing is though, when I did the ammonia test yesterday it was normal, but that was the first time I had done it. Did I do it wrong maybe?

    Please HELP!

    Gwenz :)

  2. fish_r_friendWell Known MemberMember

    do a water change about 50% until all the levals go back to normal
  3. GwenzWell Known MemberMember

    OK I'll try that. :-\

    Gwenz :)
  4. GwenzWell Known MemberMember

    I don't know why this has taken so long, but I've been doing frequent water changes ever since my Nitrate, Nitrite and ammonia levels started rising on April 12th and they really got very high at one point, but I kept doing the water changes and they started lowering around Saturday and Today when I tested they were back to normal. I really don't know why it took so long, but I'm so glad everything back as it should be now.
    It was a lot of work, but now that I think about it, it was all worth it!! ;)

    Gwenz :)
  5. vinWell Known MemberMember

    If this is the end of your first cycle and you're cycling with fish, it's not so uncommon. Cycling with fish takes longer to complete as it takes time for the bacteria to catch up to the waste being created by the fish.

    My cycle in my 15g took 11 weeks......
  6. fish_r_friendWell Known MemberMember

    my cycle was in a 20 gallon tank and it took roughly a month and a half
  7. 0morrokhFishlore VIPMember

    6-8 weeks is the norm, but I understand it takes longer cycling with fish.
  8. chickadeeFishlore VIPMember

    It could be that the bacteria was insufficiently built up for the fish load and when the fish were introduced they had to recycle to a fishie cycle to build up another bacteria bed.

  9. GwenzWell Known MemberMember

    I see, thanks. I'm just glad everythings ok now.

    Thanks for all your help :)

    Gwenz :)

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