Still no Nitrates!?!

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I realized (with the help of this group! ;D ) that my tank was never properly cycled. I now have a sensible water testing kit. I added Bio-Spira on Monday, emptying more than half of my tank and adding new water with the Bio-Spria, but my levels have not changed. Is this normal after 4 days?

Tuesday readings:

Ammonia 0 ppm
Nitrate 0 ppm
Nitrite 0 ppm
pH 7.6


Today's (Thursday) readings

Ammonia 0 ppm
Nitrate 0 ppm
Nitrite 0 ppm
pH 7.6

Actually, the nitrate was the hardest to determine. The yellow *could* have been a tiny bit darker than the 0 ppm color on the card, but was no where near the 5.0 color.

There is quite a bit of haze in the tank, but most of it seems to be film on the inside of the glass. I haven't lost any fish since I've added the Bio-Spira.

Any thoughts? Gunnie?
 

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Stacie,
Tell me again the size of your tank, and what fish you have in it. I'm a little perplexed about the zero or near zero nitrates. Do you have a lot of live plants in the tank?
 
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Gunnie said:
Stacie,
Tell me again the size of your tank, and what fish you have in it.  I'm a little perplexed about the zero or near zero nitrates.  Do you have a lot of live plants in the tank?
All plastic plants. I have one rubbermouth pleco, one flame tetra, 9 neons, and 4 rosy tetras.
 
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Stacie H. said:
Gunnie said:
Stacie,
Tell me again the size of your tank, and what fish you have in it.  I'm a little perplexed about the zero or near zero nitrates.  Do you have a lot of live plants in the tank?
All plastic plants.  I have one rubbermouth pleco, one flame tetra, 9 neons, and 4 rosy tetras.
Sorry! I forgot to mention...tank is 36 gallons.
 

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Very strange. Sounds like a possible bacterial bloom. Just sit tight. As long as the ammonia and nitrites aren't showing up, I'd do nothing.
 
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Gunnie said:
Very strange.  Sounds like a possible bacterial bloom.  Just sit tight.  As long as the ammonia and nitrites aren't showing up, I'd do nothing. 
Thanks.

You'd mentioned that I should not do any water changes for a week. However, I do need to rinse out my filter media again; the water seems to be going around the filters instead of through them. Would it hurt to take out enough water to do this and if so, then replace w/ clean water? Or should I wait a bit more?
 

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Go ahead and clean your filter with old tank water and then top it off.
 
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Still no nitrates....sigh. And the water is still pretty hazy. Can I add anti-algae stuff...I haven't lately.

I'm pretty frustrated, as tomorrow will be 2 weeks. Maybe the Bio Spira was bad? It did come out of a fridge, but wasn't all that cold to the touch. Should I try some more?
 

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I don't sugest using chemicals they can do more harm than good
 
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Stacie H. said:
Still no nitrates....sigh.  And the water is still pretty hazy.  Can I add anti-algae stuff...I haven't lately.

I'm pretty frustrated, as tomorrow will be 2 weeks.  Maybe the Bio Spira was bad?  It did come out of a fridge, but wasn't all that cold to the touch.  Should I try some more?
Ooops...tomorrow will be one week, not two. Also, I forgot to mention, my readings are the same as mentioned before....have not changed at all. I'm starting to wonder if I'm reading the results incorrectly, but I had my husband look at them too, and he's seeing what I'm seeing.
 

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If your using carbon remove it as it will remove the chemicals you put in the tank if you want them to work that is and get your money's worth.
 
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