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Ammonia in my planted tank.
Old 01-14-2013, 01:49 PM   #21
 
Yeah i got Duckweed in there hard to see them tho. its a starter kit. i just put in few days ago. If you look closely you can see it floating at the top but the angle makes it hard to see.
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Old 01-14-2013, 02:09 PM   #22
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Definitely a great looking tank. Glad I asked you to post a shot.

Once you get things settled down that should look after itself very well.

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Old 01-14-2013, 02:17 PM   #23
 
Thank you, I am slowly adding plants. long process. I just figured i check it again. and the nitrite is 1.0 ppm but none of the fish seem bothered the loaches i finaly got to take good look they aren't gasping but i am not sure how pink the gills should be i have noticed some pink around the gills of the only one i could see that stayed still long enough and aint sifting sand. but as far as i can tell its a little pink but not bad. the otto's aren't gasping and are steady eating and having fun. and my cory's seem to be fine as well. so i am not sure? if I do another water change it have to be with tap water and the pH in my tap is .2 -.4 higher then my tank.
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Old 01-14-2013, 03:15 PM   #24
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...if I do another water change it have to be with tap water and the pH in my tap is .2 -.4 higher then my tank.
I hadn't looked at the profiles for the fish that you have in the tank until now... well, the highest pH fish is 7.5, the Oto Catfish... and even that is the high end of their range. I'm honestly not sure how much of a factor that is but I am sure that it has long term implications, just not sure how much of a problem a 0.4pH shift is if you are already out of range, although I know for certain it is less of a concern than the ammonia and nitrite are.

You might want to consider lowering the tank temp to maybe 76F... the cory's are probably not great in the 79 range long term. With your fish mix, 76F is about optimal to try to keep everyone happy... even a tad low for the loaches at that. This is one of the may reasons I went with the catfish I've chosen, higher temperature range fish overall. Cory's were too restricting for me.

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Old 01-14-2013, 04:11 PM   #25
 
yeah i lowered my temp to 77. they seem happier. the whole reason i was doing bottled was to lower my pH, but it only lowered it to 7.4. from what i have researched is that i am at the limit of my pH. Thats why i haven't wanted to do full tap water. but i am going to research some more. on pH levels again. beings it's been a few months and i done forgot have of what i research. (short term memory).

Also one update I did go and buy the prime and put it in the tank. So hopefully that will help.
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Old 01-14-2013, 05:01 PM   #26
 
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The Prime will detoxify the nitrite for up to 48 hours. Again, keep an eye on the fish.

The fluctuation in nitrite from 0 to 5 down to 1 within a few hours does suggest the "5" test may have been out for some reason. Perhaps an additional drop of regent got in without you noticing?
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Old 01-14-2013, 05:15 PM   #27
 
You know Byron that could be the reason. I didn't think of that. but i will be keeping a close eye on the tank. Thanks everyone for all your help.
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