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bio-spira and new problem
Old 04-04-2008, 07:02 AM   #1
 
bio-spira and new problem

Hello here is my problem, or maybe not even a problem. I put bio-spira in my new 55G tank.

Before I put it in my readings where
Ammonia 1ppm
nitrite 0

After putting it and the fish in 8 hours later this is what I got.
Ammonia 0.5ppm
Nitrite 0.0
Nitrate 5ppm
These stayed the same for about 3 days
On day 3 I used the rest of the bio-spira on my 10 gallon tank.
On my 10 gallon the nitrite started at 1ppm and dropped to .5ppm but ammonia is still at 1ppm. On day 4 for the 55G and day 2 for the 10G, my 10G still had ammonia of 1ppm and nitrite of .5ppm, and now my 55 thatís been stocked for 4 days has ammonia of 1ppm again and nitrite of .25

Today is day 5 for the 55G and Day 3 for the 10G, My question is my fish going to die? I will do a 10% water change when I get home, on both tanks.
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Old 04-04-2008, 07:18 AM   #2
 
How often and how much water are you changing?

Changing water, daily if necessary, is the only way to keep the levels down until the tank settles in. This could take anywhere from 2-12 weeks. You are not looking at 12 weeks in your case, but 2-4 weeks wouldn't be unacceptable.

Be patient. That is the key. Too many let their anxiety rule and have problems. Keep taking daily readings. The tank will let you know when it's done.
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Old 04-04-2008, 11:06 AM   #3
 
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Bio-Spira can be a blessing or it can be a waste of money. More often than not I have heard that it works but only in the means of shortening the cycle, not eliminating it. In the future, it is just as fast as less expensive to cycle with seasoned media as it is to cycle with chemicals and additives. IMHO anyway.
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Old 04-04-2008, 11:47 AM   #4
 
Water Changes

I will be doing weekly 10% water changes. These are new tanks and this is the first full week, I was expecting to keep the .5 ammonia levels like i had at first with bio-spira. So now i am worried about the 1ppm ammonia and .5 nitrite killing my fish. I just want to do the right thing.
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Old 05-17-2011, 05:58 PM   #5
 
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I will be doing weekly 10% water changes. These are new tanks and this is the first full week, I was expecting to keep the .5 ammonia levels like i had at first with bio-spira. So now i am worried about the 1ppm ammonia and .5 nitrite killing my fish. I just want to do the right thing.
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