ajcall93 Posted November 6, 2022 Share Posted November 6, 2022 Hello all! Haven't had a fishtank in years. Decided to get back into the hobby. I do love it. Purchased a 29 gallon tank with HOB filter and heater. The floor of the tank is a layer of small river rock with red substrate on top. (Odd, I know. I like to try new things) planted aquarium with root tabs and regular dosing. Maybe once or twice a week. Cycled with ammonia in a bottle and fritz enzyme. Let the tank do its thing for a few weeks, monitoring the levels, adding fish food and such for the bacteria to eat and multiply. Added some fish, waited 2 weeks, added the rest. Tank is now fully stocked, I have biofilter media in the filter as well. A week went by, tank was doing well, no spikes in ammonia. Nitrates would increase, everything else at 0 ppm. Then suddenly, nitrites spiked and won't go down. Added more bacteria, hoping that would help. No luck. It's been a week or so now since the spike. The fish seem fine, the tank has salt and I use stress coat when needed. All is well with the fish. But I'm sure it's not as healthy as if like. Any tips or tricks to help with the spike? I've looked elsewhere and the only info I'm ever given is to just wait. But how long will it take? Will I lose fish in the process? Thank you very much for your input. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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