Zero Ammonia But High Nitrite And Nitrate

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by DXL1230, Jun 17, 2018.

  1. DXL1230

    DXL1230New MemberMember

    I'm a little stumped as to what to do now. My levels based onothe Freshwater Master Kit are as follows:

    PH - 7.0
    Ammonia - 0
    Nitrite - 2.0-5.0
    Nitrate - 10-20

    Thoughts? Perhaps a 50% water change?
  2. coralbandit

    coralbanditWell Known MemberMember

    Do you have fish in tank ?
    If so then yes 50% water change and test again later.
    If you are cycling fishless then stand back and watch as the tank seems close to complete..
    You want 0 nitrites if you have fish so a 50% change will leave you with aprox. 1-2.5 which is still lethal..
    Change water again tomorrow [50%].That will get you .5-1 aprox.
  3. OP

    DXL1230New MemberMember

    Thanks, I do have fish in my 65gallon. Will do a 50% change and again tomorrow and post results in a few days.

  4. coralbandit

    coralbanditWell Known MemberMember

    If you are using prime to dechlorinate[you $hould] it can be dosed upto 5 times normal dose and it will de toxify the nitrite for 48 hours .
    I would use 3times the recommended amount. It will still register on test even though the prime was effective.
    Good luck and welcome .
  5. Mom2some

    Mom2someWell Known MemberMember

    Are you cycling this tank? If not - what has disturbed your cycle?
  6. OP

    DXL1230New MemberMember

    I'm still cycling and made the rookie mistake of adding too many fish (all hardy) too soon.
  7. Cody91

    Cody91New MemberMember

    So i find myself in a similar situation. I have had ny tank setup for a few weeks and all three levels are up...
    10 gallon tank
    Nitratea 20ppm
    I had fish...they didnt make it through the cycle but it feels like the cycle is going on for too long. Any suggestions?
  8. Mom2some

    Mom2someWell Known MemberMember

    General guideline:
    If ammonia # + Nitrite # > or = 1.0, do a 50% water change until they are under 1.0, dosing with Prime, then retest in 24 hours.

    Overall I would feed sparingly maybe every other day. There are two types of bacteria & the ones which convert nitrites to nitrates have not caught up yet. You are making progress, but may have a lot of water changes in the next few days. Then one day you will test & nitrates will be gone!
  9. OP

    DXL1230New MemberMember

    72 hr Update:

    PH - 7.0
    Ammonia - 0
    Nirtrite - 0
    Nitrate - 20

    Almost there! Lol
  10. 83jaseValued MemberMember

    Your there just do another 50% wc
  11. Mom2some

    Mom2someWell Known MemberMember

    Great! Keep dosing ammonia daily until you are going to add fish. Then do a huge water change with water conditioner (to lower nitrates) and you will be ready to add the fish.

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