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Old 01-31-2012, 02:49 PM   #11
 
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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.
After a 50% water change the ammonia is down to 2.0. I've tried the chemical stuff that's supposed to speed up the cycling but I don't think it's done a thing. I guess I'll just going to let it cycle on its own. It's just taking much longer than I expected. Patience is the name of the game I guess.
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Old 01-31-2012, 02:50 PM   #12
 
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After a 50% water change the ammonia is down to 2.0. I've tried the chemical stuff that's supposed to speed up the cycling but I don't think it's done a thing. I guess I'll just going to let it cycle on its own. It's just taking much longer than I expected. Patience is the name of the game I guess.
By the way, I don't have floating plants but I do have several live plants that seem to be doing well. I've been feeding the fish I have flake food twice a day. Maybe I should cut down to once a day??
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Old 01-31-2012, 04:31 PM   #13
 
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Twice a day is fine, just make sure all the food is eaten in a couple minutes. If say after 5 minutes there is still uneaten food, you're putting too much in.

What kind of plants do you have? Floating usually help more because they are close to the light, and tend to grow faster. Faster growth = more nutrients used (of which ammonia is a nutrient for plants).

Just test your water daily, and do frequent water changes to keep the ammonia (and later nitrite) levels low. Eventually both will be zero and you'll see nitrates rise higher than your base 5 ppm.

Cycling can take up to 8 weeks.
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Old 01-31-2012, 05:53 PM   #14
 
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I would be doing daily or every other day 50% water changes and adding Prime water conditioner each time. I would be checking my water parameters daily as well. Once the Ammonia is 0 you can cut back your water changes to every few days or up to a week but keep the water checks to make sure things keep going well. Also, I second the motion to add some live plants right now. Fast growing floating plants are a good thing. The fish will love them as well.
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