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tested my water 2 days ago to find my ammonia is finally at zero. my nitrates were at 40 ppm and my nitrites at 3 ppm. tested my water a few minutes ago and my nitrates are now are a little over 20 ppm and my nitrites havent moved. whats happening here? shouldnt the nitrates be getting rid of the nitrites?
 

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Eventually nitrItes break down and form nitrAtes patience is key the nitrIte part is seemingly the longest part of the cycling process.
Just keep checking your water parameters.
 

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Doesn't make sense you had 40 ppm nitrAtes then you had 20 ppm nitrAtes unless a water change was performed or your first test was invalid. Regardless, if your ammonia is at zero and nitrItes at 3 ppm then you are a day or two from being done.
 
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