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Ammonia in my planted tank.
Old 01-13-2013, 11:20 AM   #11
 
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I also use seachem prime which detoxifies both nitrates and nitrites it is amazing since you have hair algaes so soon it could me high nitrates which are not harmful to fish the seachem prime can be used for problems five times the regular dose I had hair algae from overfeeding in my aquariium and high nitrates i added more prime a few times the first week which brought my nitrates down with high ammonia levels its best to test how each your nitrite and nitrate levels are then deal with them I never had nitrite issues when I started my planted tank but did with my non planted tank before it was cycled I had plants in my planted before I put fish in it also Excel will help get rid of hair algae and like posted before the brown is from having a new set up
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Old 01-14-2013, 08:11 AM   #12
 
Yeah i been keeping an eye on everything and my ammonia has gone, my nitrate levels are low. and most of the algae has ether died or been ate by my otto's and cory's. i leave the algae on my back glass and driftwood. but it has gotten a lot better in just a weeks time. i did 2, 10 gallon water changes after i posted this, and i noticed a drastic change. But i will be getting the prime this week. before my next water change.
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Old 01-14-2013, 11:42 AM   #13
 
I guess i better update. Yesterday i did a water chage of 25% and tested the water. and my ammonia was between .25ppm and 0. ppm and my Nitrite was low. and my nitrate was low as well. this morning after i had commented on here. i checked the levels again. and my Ammonia is the same as yesterday. but my Nitrite is 5.0 ppm or higher. and my nitrate is 10ppm. so i immediately did another water change. but it did not drop the levels at all. my fish seem fine, but what else can i do?
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Old 01-14-2013, 12:22 PM   #14
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Sounds like you are cycling. I think that all you can do is to change the water frequently now until it settles down. I don't think there is any other way to reduce nitrites.

What are you using for testing?

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Old 01-14-2013, 12:43 PM   #15
 
I'm using the master test kit by API the liquid form. and i just tested it now actually to see if it reduced and according to the results it has it's down to 1.0 ppm. i think also in the morning the plants haven't started photosynthesis so it could be higher in the mornings, but i did also do another water change. so i guess i will keep an eye out.

the down side is, i been useing 50/50 tap and bottle for water changes. and i can't afford to keep buying bottled water. my ph is steady at 7.4 if i use my tap it is 7.6- 7.8 with gh and kh at 177. If i use tap water without the bottle will it raise my pH. or will it stay steady!
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Old 01-14-2013, 01:23 PM   #16
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I wouldn't be too concerned about your pH. Unless your straight tap water is a huge difference. If you want to test it put some in a container and shake it for a couple of minutes to remove some of the CO2 first, then test it. I doubt it's much higher. If you'd rather not use the more expensive bottle then you will have to switch sometime.

The reason I asked about your test is that the sticks probably test higher than true, it would be a pain if it turned out you were getting a false high reading.

I am not certain if the plants shut down at night with regards to the ammonia uptake, I doubt it though. If it is then upping the light time would be a benefit, even if you ended up with more algae. I am on a 12 to 13 hour light cycle, the plants love it and no adverse signs of unwanted growth yet.

Can you post a pic of your setup?

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Old 01-14-2013, 01:31 PM   #17
 
Yeah I will post a pic as soon as i transfer them to my computer from my phone. i'll do that after i comment here. Um my tap water out the tap the pH is 7.6-7.8 roughly by reading the card. I had tested it before i even set the tank up and test it once a month beings its city water they change up sometimes so it's good to know what it is. I know my plants are growing, for the simple fact that i been watching my hornwort and it grows and inch a night because the have now reach the top of the water and all my plants have new growth. i turned my light cycle down from 12 to 8 but leave my bedroom light on for another 2 hours after it goes off. (more for fish sake then any)
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Old 01-14-2013, 01:35 PM   #18
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How many individual plants do you have in there now? That's more what I was curious about the picture for... Although I'd like to see your setup, I am a little envious of someone with a bigger tank than mine.

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Old 01-14-2013, 01:40 PM   #19
 
My tank as of today.

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Old 01-14-2013, 01:47 PM   #20
 
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That's very nice. Good work.

Can you get some floating plants? Water Sprite if you can find it locally, or Pennywort allowed to float. Even duckweed. Floating plants are ammonia sinks as they term it.

I'm skeptical about 5ppm nitrite, as fish would be dead in that. Keep an eye on them.

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