High Nitrites In Regional Council Water
Hi All, I'm new to the forum, this is my first post. I've recently started up my 6" x 2" x 2" tank where my main focus will be a range of discus plus cardinals/rummy nose tetra/sterbai corys/clown loaches. I have successfully cycled my tank and introduced some of the discus and the corys, they look great. My query in on the local supply of water by Unity Water to my home in Woody Point, Moreton Bay. I noticed at the start of my cycling exercise that I immediately had Nitrites of 2.0ppm, measured on my new API Freshwater Master Kit. I was surprised as there was no way that bacteria had managed to convert Ammonia to Nitrites as the water was only 2 hours old. I therefore tested the water directly out of the tap and as expected the water was giving a reading of 2.0ppm Nitrites. This was subsequently confirmed by a mate's test kit and my LFS. I have been in touch with Unity Water and they refuse to discuss their water parameters but directed me to a page on their website that confirms that in our area their Nitrite level has been a maximum of 1.66ppm in their 12-month reporting period. Although my tank now has Nitrites at 0.00ppm I am afraid of performing 30% water changes which I've always done every 4 days as I will be introducing a high level of Nitrites but I don't see any alternative. Advice from those more knowledgeable than me would be appreciated, thanks.