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High nitrites

First tank first cycle.I am three weeks down and the ammonia has dropped to 0 ,nitrates at 5,and the nitrites have spiked to 4maybe 5 ppm is this normal anything I need to do?

Your nitrates need to zero out before you add anything. Be sure to take multiple test to ensure the most constant result. If you think the nitrites are "coming back" you can always do a water change. It might set you back a little bit with the cycle, which is disappointing for sure, but starting with the foundation of a properly cycled tank will save you grief in the long run πŸ˜‰

[quote="Zoomer/Phil" post=30979]Your [b]nitrates [/b]need to zero out before you add anything.[/quote]

He means "nitrites" here, not nitrates... hopefully didn't get you confused πŸ˜‰

Have you added any livestock yet? What did you use to start the cycle?

Started the cycle with a piece of shrimp. Ammonia at its max was around 4 ppm now at 0. And the nitrites spiked. Is this a normal process of the cylce? From what I have read the second stage of the cylce is happening the bacteria that turns nitrites to nitrates is forming then the cylce should be finished so I've read. Should I do any water changes or just let it be? Really want to get into the free coral give away contest if my tank would finish cycling

[quote="wolfie2012" post=30991][quote="Zoomer/Phil" post=30979]Your [b]nitrates [/b]need to zero out before you add anything.[/quote]

He means "nitrites" here, not nitrates... hopefully didn't get you confused ;-)[/quote]

Thanks Wolfie :pinch:

I would do a 15% or so water change since it seems like things are a little off...

Agree with Zoomer.......as for the free givaaway (I am sure we can work something out when you are ready. Benefit of being the head of it)

[quote="Laker" post=31000]Started the cycle with a piece of shrimp. Ammonia at its max was around 4 ppm now at 0. And the nitrites spiked. Is this a normal process of the cylce? From what I have read the second stage of the cylce is happening the bacteria that turns nitrites to nitrates is forming then the cylce should be finished so I've read. Should I do any water changes or just let it be? Really want to get into the free coral give away contest if my tank would finish cycling[/quote]

What you describe is all normal and part of the process, though the cycle isn'the complete until nitrites are zero.. Once that parameter hits zero you'll be good to go. You'll see a rise in nitrates right around the same time. It won't be long now, especially if you've already seen nitrates rise. You could do a small water change, though it won't do anything beneficial for the nitrifying bacteria.

I wouldn't worry about missing out on the free coral giveaway, I think it's safe to say you won't be excluded. πŸ™‚

[quote="Zoomer/Phil" post=31002][quote="wolfie2012" post=30991][quote="Zoomer/Phil" post=30979]Your [b]nitrates [/b]need to zero out before you add anything.[/quote]

He means "nitrites" here, not nitrates... hopefully didn't get you confused ;-)[/quote]

Thanks Wolfie :pinch:

I would do a 15% or so water change since it seems like things are a little off...[/quote]

I would like to revisit the topic of zero nitrates. I do think it is important that they are at zero or undetectable, especially for a system just starting out. The nitrate converts the bacteria to nitrogen, rounding out the cycle - I don't pretend to know this off the top of my head, I did a little reading in "The Nana Reef Aquarium Handbook" when I got home this evening.

Getting off to a good start in this hobby is important, like building a structure with a solid foundation. There are lots of variables in this situation as well. Have you been testing everyday? What type of test kit have you been using? Have you taken back to back to back tests to see if the results are the same as the previous results? Like Wolfie said that Nitrite to Nitrate transition can be very fast, that is why it is important to know the testing regiment too.

I too think you are in good shape for the coral give away. Doing things the right way and asking questions is a good qualifier, both of which you are doing πŸ˜‰

Thx everyone for the input just as suspected I was just getting anxious. Tested it last night and every thing was tip top.
Ammonia=0
Ph= 8/8.2
Nitrite=0
Nitrate= 10/maybe 20 but I'm thinking 10
Going to do a 10 percent water change and move my cleaning crew in

 
 
 
 
 
 
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