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post #11 of 22 Old 09-06-2013, 01:19 PM
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How long has the tank been set up?
What size tank and what livestock?
How much food are feeding?

Water changes generally make these blooms worse and from what I have read UV lights don't help.

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post #12 of 22 Old 09-07-2013, 04:25 PM Thread Starter
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What does a water test give you for ammonia, nitites, & natrate?
so i just got the master test kit because i was tired of buying test strips all the time. here is what the readings are.

ph 7.6 ppm

ammonia 4 ppm
nitrite 0 ppm
nitrate 20 ppm
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Nitrates a little high, but they should go down once the filters get enough denitrifying bacteria built up. The water should start clearing up.
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so i just got the master test kit because i was tired of buying test strips all the time. here is what the readings are.

ph 7.6 ppm

ammonia 4 ppm
nitrite 0 ppm
nitrate 20 ppm
Generally you don't want to do water changes when you have bacteria blooms but with readings like that you dont have much of a choice. Ammonia at that lvl is deadly to fish. I would do 30-50% water changes daily till the ammonia was gone. During each water change I would also vacuum the substrate and might also cut back on the feedings. Once you get the lvls to safe numbers and you still have cloudy water stop doing daily water changes and go to once a week.

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False Ammonia Readings
If your fish look healthy, (btw have you done a head count to make sure all your fish are alive?) It's possible to get a false ammonia reading. I'm saying this cause you said your fish still look healthy.
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False Ammonia Readings
If your fish look healthy, (btw have you done a head count to make sure all your fish are alive?) It's possible to get a false ammonia reading. I'm saying this cause you said your fish still look healthy.
This a good point and one I didn't think about.

OP have you put any chemicals into your tank since the cloudy water started??
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This a good point and one I didn't think about.

OP have you put any chemicals into your tank since the cloudy water started??
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i did put a little bit of acurel in the tank. which maybe that could be why the ammonia reading is at 4ppm. yes keleborn i did a head count of the fish and they are all still there lol
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Lol. The only reason I thought to mention the head count; I once had a very small dead fish that clouded up my water & it stayed that way til I removed all the decorations & found him. He was part of a batch of half-grown Molly fry that I never did get an accurate count on, cause I kept getting more!
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so i just got the master test kit because i was tired of buying test strips all the time. here is what the readings are.

ph 7.6 ppm

ammonia 4 ppm
nitrite 0 ppm
nitrate 20 ppm
if you have been using an ammonia lock like prime you might want to check the ammonia to see if that is total ammonia or free ammonia. The sechem multitest ammonia kit tests both:


Seachem. MultiTest: Ammonia

If the ammonia is locked basically do nothing. Any more addition of chemicals will further lock up oxygen and not reduce the ammonia readings of most test kits.

That would be especially true if basically more fish seem ok.

Regradless the addition of fast growing plants to suck out the ammonia is the way to go.


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maintain Fw and marine system with a strong emphasis on balanced, stabilized system that as much as possible are self substaning.

have maintained FW systems for up to 9 years with descendants from original fish and marine aquariums for up to 8 years.

With no water changes, untreated tap water, inexpensive lighting by first starting the tank with live plants (FW) or macro algae( marine)

see: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...-build-295530/
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i did put a little bit of acurel in the tank. which maybe that could be why the ammonia reading is at 4ppm. yes keleborn i did a head count of the fish and they are all still there lol
Hmmmm never heard of acurel causing a false reading. I guess *scratches head* it could?

Is the reading still at 4??

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