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Old 09-18-2006, 10:57 PM   #11
 
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Old 09-18-2006, 11:39 PM   #12
 
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I just did a 25% water change and now the ammonia reading is between .25 and .5 - can't tell which. But the (baby) plants I have should consume some of that, right? Also shouldn't the nitrite's be kickin' in soon to eat the ammonia?
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Old 09-18-2006, 11:43 PM   #13
 
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I just did a 25% water change and now the ammonia reading is between .25 and .5 - can't tell which. But the (baby) plants I have should consume some of that, right? Also shouldn't the nitrite's be kickin' in soon to eat the ammonia?
Plants will consume ammonia but not convert them to nitrites. Only bacteria will.

Josh, the only way to remove ammonia is to do more water changes. Plants wil be too slow and too much ammonia forming will cause gill burns and other problems to the fish.
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Old 09-19-2006, 09:08 AM   #14
 
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When I cycled with fish, everytime the ammonia reading rose above 0.25 I did a partial water change. It took a while to cycle - but after getting some mature flter media from the LFS it cycled really quickly (it would be helpful if you could do that), and I never lost a fish.

The lower your pH is, the less toxic the ammonia is to the fish I believe - and your pH is quite low. :)
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Old 09-21-2006, 10:07 PM   #15
 
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Just posted my latest tank reading (from tonight). My ammonia was ay 1.0! And I have yet to see ANY Nitrites (but nitrates are steady at 5.0). Please see my tank readings here: http://www.fishforum.com/trackMyTank.php?&tankId=10

What's going on??
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Old 09-21-2006, 10:38 PM   #16
 
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Hmmm that is odd. you have bacteria in the tank that has made its way into nitrATE's...but there isnt enough to convert the ammonia to nitrITE....So I would just give the cycleing process time as it is still cycling and just keep monitoring everything...You should be doing water changes when ever you see ammonia in the water, this is for the fishy's sake...


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