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I had just set up my 55 gal after a couple of years of no fish and I got a one chance shot at gettting some baby RBs. I had to act or loose the cance. I got 4 fish 1-2 inches long and put in a 3 inch pleco. They have been in the tank for 2 wks now and seem to be thriving. I got a minimal ammonia spike a week ago and now it is back down to zero. The nitrites are now up and are at 2-5ppm. How concerned should I be? Is there anything to be done but wait it out and hope? Thanks
 

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You should get a pretty major nitrite spike before your tank is fully cycled. If you can, I would try to get some established media from a fish store, or some gravel from an established tank, this should help with the nitrite conversion to nitrate.
 

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It's not the same water of course but the same gravel etc. I retested today and did a 2:1 dilution on the test. My test kit only goes to 5ppm so I wanted to make sure that it wasn't really exceeding that. It looks from that test that I am a lot closer to 2 ppm than 5 so I guess that I am going to be ok. I will keep testing for a couple of more weeks and try to be careful not to overfeed.
 
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