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Where have all the nitrite gone?

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I'm starting up a new planted tank, currently doing a fishless cycle to get it ready for some fishies. 

 

My tap: 

Ammonia: .25

Nitrite: 0

Nitrate: 0

 

I accidentally added too much ammonia on the first day, 10/4/14, 5 days ago (it was a long day and I kind of zoned out when pouring), about 5 or 6 ppm. 

 

Being lazy, I just left it in there. 

 

The next day, I added used filter floss I got from a friend. 

 

I tested the water yesterday and it read:

Ammonia: .5

Nitrite: 0

Nitrate: 10/20

 

I added a bit more ammonia that night, got it to 2 or 3 ppm. 

Today, the water reads: 

Ammonia: 1 

Nitrite: 0 

Nitrate: 40/80

 

Where am I in the cycle? 

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You're getting there.  Test again tomorrow.  Don't do anything else today.

 

If you're ammonia is at 0 tomorrow (which I suspect it will be), add enough ammonia to bring it back up to 1 ppm, retest in 24 hours.  If ammonia and nitrite are 0 and nitrate has risen, you're cycled.  :D

 

You may want to do a WC tomorrow before adding the ammonia to bring the nitrate down so it's easier to decipher the test the following day.  All those orange-red colors are hard to differentiate. 

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It's possible the nitrite processing bacteria are well developed and keep up with the ammonia processing bacteria. 

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You're getting there.  Test again tomorrow.  Don't do anything else today.

 

If you're ammonia is at 0 tomorrow (which I suspect it will be), add enough ammonia to bring it back up to 1 ppm, retest in 24 hours.  If ammonia and nitrite are 0 and nitrate has risen, you're cycled.  :D

 

You may want to do a WC tomorrow before adding the ammonia to bring the nitrate down so it's easier to decipher the test the following day.  All those orange-red colors are hard to differentiate. 

YES  :D Thank you for confirming. I will do that. 

 

I swear they are literally the same color  :madrant

 

It's possible the nitrite processing bacteria are well developed and keep up with the ammonia processing bacteria. 

I was hoping for that! Thank you for your input. 

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Glad to see you back! :hi Can't wait to see what you get! Your fish (and pics) were always fab. :teehee

Good luck, hopefully somehow you skipped most of the time it takes to cycle! :nana

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