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Old 01-31-2012, 08:43 AM   #1
 
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Woke up this morning to very cloudy water in my aquarium. I've had it up for a little over a month. I have 6 tiger barbs in it because I was told they were hearty enough to stand up to high ammonia levels while the tank was cycling. Tested the water this morning and the readings were:
pH 7.6 (previously had been 7.2)
Ammonia 8.0 (previously had been 2.0)
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 5.0 (previously had been 0)

Can anybody tell me what's happening here? Is it just cycling? Should I do a water change?
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Old 01-31-2012, 10:11 AM   #2
 
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Your ammonia is very high, so yes you should do a water change.

The cloudy water is from a bacterial bloom, it will go away on its own and isn't uncommon in a cycling tank.
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Old 01-31-2012, 10:12 AM   #3
 
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Woke up this morning to very cloudy water in my aquarium. I've had it up for a little over a month. I have 6 tiger barbs in it because I was told they were hearty enough to stand up to high ammonia levels while the tank was cycling. Tested the water this morning and the readings were:
pH 7.6 (previously had been 7.2)
Ammonia 8.0 (previously had been 2.0)
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 5.0 (previously had been 0)

Can anybody tell me what's happening here? Is it just cycling? Should I do a water change?
Hopefully, one of the resident experts will come along to assist you shortly, but in the meantime I'll do my best to help. Ammonia 8.0 is extremely high. I would do a large water change immediately! Then as soon as you can, buy a couple of fast growing plants and let them float at the surface to assimilate that ammonia more quickly. Again, I'm no expert on water chemistry, but I think you need to get that ammonia out of there ASAP! Can't see how a big WC could hurt anything.

The question I cannot answer is why you have so much ammonia in a tank with 0 nitrite and a perfectly reasonable amount of nitrate. What size is your tank?
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Old 01-31-2012, 10:14 AM   #4
 
It's a 29 gal. I've consistently had trouble with ammonia being high but figured it was just the cycling process.
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The question I cannot answer is why you have so much ammonia in a tank with 0 nitrite and a perfectly reasonable amount of nitrate.
Nitrate can be present in tap water, along with the others. Have you tested your tap water (straight from the faucet, no water conditioner added)?
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Old 01-31-2012, 10:38 AM   #6
 
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It's a 29 gal. I've consistently had trouble with ammonia being high but figured it was just the cycling process.
The floating plants will help with this a lot. Something fast growing is key. That one move alone should really help keep ammonia in check while your tank continues to get established.
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Old 01-31-2012, 10:41 AM   #7
 
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Nitrate can be present in tap water, along with the others. Have you tested your tap water (straight from the faucet, no water conditioner added)?
That's good to know. I didn't realize it could be present in tap water. If you (Lindamac) can provide readings for your tap water straight out of the faucet AND after sitting for 24 hours, that will probably help some of the more chemically talented forum members to help you. Chlorine, Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate, GH, KH, pH would all be useful to know.
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Old 01-31-2012, 11:07 AM   #8
 
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The 24 hours is for pH, I'm not sure on the exact reasoning but might have to do with the chlorine dissipating.

For Ammonia, Nitrite, and Nitrate (along with hardness) can be done immediately.
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The 24 hours is for pH, I'm not sure on the exact reasoning but might have to do with the chlorine dissipating.

For Ammonia, Nitrite, and Nitrate (along with hardness) can be done immediately.
ok...tested tap water for ammonia, nitrite, & nitrate. Ammonia & nitrite were both 0. Nitrate was 5.0.
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Old 01-31-2012, 02:33 PM   #10
 
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ok...tested tap water for ammonia, nitrite, & nitrate. Ammonia & nitrite were both 0. Nitrate was 5.0.
How's the ammonia in the tank now following the water change?

Re: Nitrate in tap water, I suppose that explains how you might have both ammonia and nitrate. Seems like the tank is still in the early stages of the cycle. Live plants will help, as will bio-seeding if you know someone with an established aquarium. They also sell some products designed to speed the cycle, though I can't speak to the effectiveness of any particular brand or product.
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