Ammonia in my planted tank. - Page 3 - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #21 of 27 Old 01-14-2013, 01:49 PM Thread Starter
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.
FuelingFire is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #22 of 27 Old 01-14-2013, 02:09 PM
JDM
Member
 
JDM's Avatar
 
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.

Jeff.


Total years fish keeping experience: 7 months, can't start counting in years for a while yet.

The shotgun approach to a planted tank with an LED fixture

Small scale nitrogen cycle with a jar, water and fish food; no substrate, filter etc
JDM is offline  
post #23 of 27 Old 01-14-2013, 02:17 PM Thread Starter
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.
FuelingFire is offline  
post #24 of 27 Old 01-14-2013, 03:15 PM
JDM
Member
 
JDM's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by FuelingFire View Post
...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.

Jeff.


Total years fish keeping experience: 7 months, can't start counting in years for a while yet.

The shotgun approach to a planted tank with an LED fixture

Small scale nitrogen cycle with a jar, water and fish food; no substrate, filter etc
JDM is offline  
post #25 of 27 Old 01-14-2013, 04:11 PM Thread Starter
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.
FuelingFire is offline  
post #26 of 27 Old 01-14-2013, 05:01 PM
Member
 
Byron's Avatar
 
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?

Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada

The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
Byron is offline  
post #27 of 27 Old 01-14-2013, 05:15 PM Thread Starter
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.
FuelingFire is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Ammonia/Nitrate New Planted Tank Question efeene Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 9 09-21-2011 10:39 AM
Transition from 45 gallon non-planted community tank to larger, planted, discus tank borkborkbork Cichlids 7 03-02-2009 02:49 PM
Transition from 45 gallon non-planted community tank to larger, planted, discus tank borkborkbork Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 0 02-23-2009 12:11 AM
What's the best way to get rid of ammonia in new tank? wendex Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 13 06-11-2008 09:40 AM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome