It's not me Jay. My tank still won't be set up for a few month's. This is from another forum on facebook and I just found it hard to believe that someone can show Ammonia and Nitrates but absolutely no Nitrites using a SaliFert test kit. Or any test kit for that matter. How's that possible?
But if it's being consumed faster than it's produced, how can there be Nitrates? Especially at that high a reading? Doesn't Ammonia produce Nitrites then Nitrites produce Nitrates? How can there be no middle man?
I agree with 2quills. That's why it takes a year or more for a tank to fully stabilize. My 220 has been up for 10 years and I will still see outbreaks of new hitchhikers that I have never seen before. Our systems are constantly re-equilibrating, and they are all different.