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post #1 of 16 Old 09-18-2006, 07:53 PM Thread Starter
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Aquarium readings...

Hi. I have done about 5 tests over a few weeks and currently my tank is:

KH: 3
pH: 6.4
A: .5
NO2: 0
NO3: 5

as seen here in "Track My Tank".

1) I have yet to see any nitrites. Sup with that?
2) Is my pH ok?
3) Do I need to continue testing pH and KH (tank is cycling (hopefully) but pH and KH have not changed at all).

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post #2 of 16 Old 09-18-2006, 08:06 PM
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Your ammonia at 0.5 is quite high. You need more water changes for that.

You may not have seen the nitrites spike as you already have 5 ppm of nitrates.

I don't think it's necessary at the moment to check your KH. I wouldn't worry about pH unless KH is below 3 which would result to pH crash.

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Thanks Blue. So has my tank cycled? (you can check the readings that I've posted in Track My Tank)

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90gal: 2x Tangerine Discus, 2x Clown Pleco, 2x Catfish.
75gal + 10gal sump: 2x Large Goldfish, 1x Common Pleco, 14x Leopard Danios
55gal: 5x Angelfish, 1x Common Pleco, 8x SIlver Tip Tetras, 16x Neon Tetras, 8x Albino Corys
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Thanks Blue. So has my tank cycled? (you can check the readings that I've posted in Track My Tank)

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With ammonia at 0.5, your tank hasn't finished cycling. Unless you added more ammonia after the bacteria converted nitrites into nitrates.

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I haven't added any ammonia (since I couldn't find any) but I did add 5 Zebra Danios. I thought you weren'y supposed to change water while cycling?

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75gal + 10gal sump: 2x Large Goldfish, 1x Common Pleco, 14x Leopard Danios
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With danios, how will they survive the ammonia? Ammonia at that level will not let them thrive long enough.

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Blue, danios are hardy fish and you know that! They wont thrive but they will cycle the tank and probably fight threw it! :P

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Blue, danios are hardy fish and you know that! They wont thrive but they will cycle the tank and probably fight threw it! :P
Yes. But I find it too cruel to let ammonia rise when you have danios. Best to concentrate on nil ammonia and nitrites.
But if they seem ok, then I don't see anything wrong with that.

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Yes, isnt it called cycling with fish? ;) I hope the poor lil guys will fight threw!

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Yes, isnt it called cycling with fish? ;) I hope the poor lil guys will fight threw!
Not threw. It's through.
I understand what you mean though.

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