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Ok, so I have a problem. I have been cycling my tank for a little over a month, and nothuing seems to be happening. My ammonia is at 1ppm right now, but my nitrites keep going really high (5ppm), and it happens almost the instant I add more ammonia, and it doesn't go down on it's own. Sometimes the nitrite spikes without the ammonia levels even lowering. I have been doing water changes, but I can't seem to get the cycle started. I have been seeing nitrates from almost the first week of cycling as well, which I have since heard is unusual. I have been using water dechlorinator (Prime) with every water change, but I have no idea why this is happening? How long should I leave my nitrites at 5pppm before changing it? I usually let it sit for a day or two to see if they will convert to nitrate, is that okay?



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I dont have experience with cycling aquarium with chemicals. But have you tested your treated tap water for ammonia, nitrite, nitrates? If you can get a piece of used filter from cycled tank. It could take as little as 2 days in 10 gallon. Some pet shops will sell them.



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I've tested my water before, there is no ammonia or nitrite. Sometimes my cat tries to drink out of my tank, could that be causing a problem?



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