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PostPosted: 2005.04.20(Wed)12:51    Post subject: Nitrite Spike Reply with quote

Just Cycled my 85G and Water Tested to .50 Nitrite after I Added My Salfin Tang. I know this is normal but would a water change help and how long does it last the spike
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PostPosted: 2005.04.20(Wed)13:34    Post subject: Reply with quote

I won't badger you here, but you knew better than to add a Tang to an uncycled tank. A water change will most likely help short term but will prolong the cycle, making matters worse for the fish. Please find someone to hold the Tang for you and cycle the tank correctly.
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PostPosted: 2005.04.20(Wed)16:53    Post subject: Reply with quote

No it was already cycled. When I put it in the nitrite went up in 2 days
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PostPosted: 2005.04.20(Wed)17:26    Post subject: Reply with quote

Check the Nitrate levels and Ammonia levels as well. How many and what kind of fish are currently in the system and how long have they been there?
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PostPosted: 2005.04.20(Wed)18:09    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have had 2 damsels cycling it for 4 weeks. I have no Amonnia
My Nitrate is 0 Because I have a DSP and Nitrate Removers.
Anyway Now I have Damsels and the Sailfin Tang in there.
and it spiked to .2ppm Before I added him, it was 0
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PostPosted: 2005.04.20(Wed)18:31    Post subject: Reply with quote

The tank was not "cycled" by the damsels, the definition of "cycled" being the development of bacterial colonies capable of handling the biofiltration load of the initial inhabitants and then some. Your tank is cyclING. I would suggest water changes as the most direct course. in preventing nitrIte poisoning, but you would, this early on, be better off returning all of the fish and doing a fishless cycle. I prefer the shrimp method as it's really the easiest and generally most reliable.
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PostPosted: 2005.04.20(Wed)18:34    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes do a water change and your system couldn't handle increase from adding the tang it will probablygo down quickly since you are already cycled. The amount of waste produced from a tang is more than your 2 damsels put together. So think of it as your biofilter is 1/2 way effective right now. You probably should have added other fish first. to make up the difference. But thats the past and this is now. I wouldn't move him since you are already recycling the tank you would be just moving backwards instead of forward.
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