OMG its cycling!!! Help with nitrite? - FishForums.com
Logo


members chatting


Welcome to the FishForums.com.

Find the answers to your fish problems or questions here on FishForums.com by using the search box below:



Go Back   FishForums.com > Freshwater > General Freshwater

General Freshwater General Freshwater fish discussions

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-14-2012, 10:12 AM   #1
FRIENDLYFISHIES
Senior Member
 
FRIENDLYFISHIES's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Age: 26
Posts: 404
Default OMG its cycling!!! Help with nitrite?

I cant believe it, i tested and tested and tested and today I see a huge change..I had lost hope. I didnt test yet this AM when I talked about adding the BB in a bottle...but then I just tested..

The other day I noticed my ammonia had spiked to 0.25 when the fish were in there and my nitrate read almost 5.0..but not quite. I was all excited.

The next day I checked again everything read 0

Today I have 0 ammonia, 0 nitrate and .25-.50 nitrite for the first time!

I have a 20 gallon long, with three bloodfin tetras I am using to cycle...do I do a small water change? I dont want to inhibit my cycle?

I guess im just so excited I dont even know what to do next!?

Should I add those BB's in a bottle or just let things be...should I do a mini water change? Will my nitrite turn into nitrate tomorrow?
__________________
~ It's a betta life ~
Moonie - Orange Dalmation Double Tail Halfmoon Betta
Miyagi - Double Tail Plakat Betta
20 gallon long planted tetra tank
2x 10 gallon planted betta tanks
FRIENDLYFISHIES is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 11-14-2012, 10:23 AM   #2
lohachata
Super Moderator

 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Cleveland,Ohio
Age: 68
Posts: 7,763
Default

just do a small water change.
ammonia goes up....peaks as nitrite starts....ammonia starts going down as nitrite rises...
nitrite peaks as nitrate starts...nitrite falls as nitrate rises..until the only reading you get will be nitrate..any time a reading gets too high , a water change will help to bring it down..
you should notice a rise in nitrates within the next few days...

remember.....cycling normally takes 8-12 week...not minutes...
you gotta relax and take it easy...
leave the bacteria crap in the bottle....let the cycle take care of itself..
__________________
PLECOCAINE = feeding frenzy=PLECOCAINE


if we ignore nature;maybe it will go away

10 gallon..nothing but air

10 gallon...just more air

10 gallon...stale air

just don't ask about the rest

Last edited by lohachata; 11-14-2012 at 10:26 AM.
lohachata is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-14-2012, 10:49 AM   #3
FRIENDLYFISHIES
Senior Member
 
FRIENDLYFISHIES's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Age: 26
Posts: 404
Default

lol sorry, just so excited to see something do something finally! Thanks Loha
__________________
~ It's a betta life ~
Moonie - Orange Dalmation Double Tail Halfmoon Betta
Miyagi - Double Tail Plakat Betta
20 gallon long planted tetra tank
2x 10 gallon planted betta tanks
FRIENDLYFISHIES is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-14-2012, 11:49 AM   #4
Angelclown
Senior Member
 
Angelclown's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Bremerton, WA
Age: 36
Posts: 1,094
Default

Glad your tank is cycling. Like loha said the cycle takes 8 to 12 weeks. Just follow loha's advice.
Angelclown is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-14-2012, 11:53 AM   #5
FRIENDLYFISHIES
Senior Member
 
FRIENDLYFISHIES's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Age: 26
Posts: 404
Default

Thanks Angelclown. I dont have an air stone in the tank, should I add one to help the BB build or can tanks cycle fine without one, I keep seeing things about oxygen helping?
__________________
~ It's a betta life ~
Moonie - Orange Dalmation Double Tail Halfmoon Betta
Miyagi - Double Tail Plakat Betta
20 gallon long planted tetra tank
2x 10 gallon planted betta tanks
FRIENDLYFISHIES is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-14-2012, 12:02 PM   #6
Angelclown
Senior Member
 
Angelclown's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Bremerton, WA
Age: 36
Posts: 1,094
Default

I believe that tanks can cycle fine without extra aeration, although it might not be a bad idea.
Angelclown is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-14-2012, 12:05 PM   #7
lohachata
Super Moderator

 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Cleveland,Ohio
Age: 68
Posts: 7,763
Default

always good to have some aeration...a small pump with an air stone or a sponge filter...almost all of my tanks use sponge filters except for those that use undergravel filters..
but the aeration definitely helps to keep things on the right track..
__________________
PLECOCAINE = feeding frenzy=PLECOCAINE


if we ignore nature;maybe it will go away

10 gallon..nothing but air

10 gallon...just more air

10 gallon...stale air

just don't ask about the rest
lohachata is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-14-2012, 05:49 PM   #8
FRIENDLYFISHIES
Senior Member
 
FRIENDLYFISHIES's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Age: 26
Posts: 404
Default

Seriously...now I feel CRAZY! :'( Im not really crying but im feeling that insane...I just re-tested...all my excitement down the drain...I must not have rinsed out my test tube well enough, my nitrite never climed...its blue :/ ...Ammonia is 0 Nitrite is 0 and nitrate is 0...I think I need to add a couple more bloodfins to get anything to build...maybe its because I have hornwort in there? Would it really eat enough ammonia to not have to cycle the tank? Would 2 more tetras be a good addition to get some ammonia building? Ugh, sorry for all the excitment. Dont they have a little smiley face icon that crawls under a rock and hides?? if they did that is the icon id be using right now. So bummed and embarassed Grr. More work to be done. At least now I know what to do when I do eventually have some nitrite climing.
__________________
~ It's a betta life ~
Moonie - Orange Dalmation Double Tail Halfmoon Betta
Miyagi - Double Tail Plakat Betta
20 gallon long planted tetra tank
2x 10 gallon planted betta tanks
FRIENDLYFISHIES is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-14-2012, 07:19 PM   #9
lohachata
Super Moderator

 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Cleveland,Ohio
Age: 68
Posts: 7,763
Default

ok...relax.....breathe.....gather yourself...you are not crazy(well,hopefully not..lol)...
you can certainly add a couple more bloodfins....and feed a tiny bit extra food...do not test for 48 hours...then try it...i would suggest only 25% water changes once a week...give it a couple of weeks and test again....
the fish will not die and your tank will start to establish itself...
__________________
PLECOCAINE = feeding frenzy=PLECOCAINE


if we ignore nature;maybe it will go away

10 gallon..nothing but air

10 gallon...just more air

10 gallon...stale air

just don't ask about the rest
lohachata is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-14-2012, 09:43 PM   #10
emc7
Moderator

 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Johns Creek, GA
Posts: 12,000
Default

hornwort is an excellent ammonia eater.
emc7 is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Bookmarks


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Cycling Tank (for 1 1/2 months) High Nitrite... Water change or no water change? dccstl General Freshwater 1 11-12-2012 08:33 AM
Tank Cycling, Ammonia = 0, Nitrite = 0, Nitrate = 200 karaim General Saltwater 2 09-04-2008 07:32 PM
Nitrite NatBarry General Freshwater 5 02-21-2008 12:05 PM
Too much Nitrite? Magdelaine General Freshwater 2 02-13-2006 09:54 AM
Need Nitrite Help HollywoodBob General Freshwater 8 01-26-2005 09:07 PM