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Alright, well i guess i’ll just have to keep checking my water daily. Im usually the patient type but im so worried that this cycle wont finish up or be close to when summer ends. Im a student so it will defiantly be a struggle finishing the cycle up AND making sure my new little guys do well their first few months in the tank (once the cycle is complete of course) while i have classes. You dont suppose i should start doing water changes right? Or just leave the water and test it daily.mattgirl said:Right. You want the ammonia and nitrites to start going down. Eventually the ammonia you add will be gone within 24 hours and your nitrites will drop to zero. At that time you will be seeing some nitrates. Nitrites are strange little creatures.
When i got my nitrite spike it went from none to off the chart over night. Since I was doing a fish in cycle I was doing water changes and dosing Prime every day. I did that 5 days straight. The nitrites kept showing to be 5 after every water change. After the 5th one they dropped all the way to zero. I expected a gradual decrease but it didn't work that way for me.
Each tank is unique so it is impossible to predict exactly how fast or slow your cycle will progress. That is why we need a truck load of patience.