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so you tank hasent been cycled yet, when you did the big water change, did you gravel vaccume? if so you probably removed alot of the established bacteria causing your tank to "re-cycle". although this is strange, because your amonia is not up, and is usually the first thing to go out of wack in a cycling tank. My guess is that there is enough bacteria to handle the amonia , but not the nitrite, by the way, what are your nitrate levels.
 

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When you cycle a tank, ammonia spikes, then new bacteria emerges that eats the ammonia and produces nitrItes. This is the point where you are at. Over time, a new bacteria will emerge that eates the nitrItes and produces nitrAtes which are removed by partial water changes. You just have to wait out the spike.
 

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Yup, you're basically in the middle of the cycle that really cannot be avoided. The best thing to do is to add a little salt to the tank to ease up on the nitrIte poisoning and ride it out. It could take anywhere from a week to three to more...

Good luck!

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