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A confused beginner need your help!!!
Old 02-16-2009, 03:50 AM   #31
 
New readings 16/2/09
Ph 7.3
Nitrate 5.0
Ammonia 2.1
Nitrite 0.15

Finally my tank is starting to cycle as today is the first time i have registered Nitrite. I stopped with the water changes and just kept an eye on the fish then to my disbelief one week ago i have 4 new Guppy fry!!

I went to a few pet shops and told them what i was reading with my tank and i finally got pointed to this one aquarium not far from me. I was in disbelief at this aquarium and the guy there clearly knows his stuff, hes been doing fish since he was a kid and it is truly his passion. Anyway he has made his own benificial bacteria as all other stuff in Australia is imported (loses its potentcy). He told me on Sunday do a 1/3 water change and treat the tank with the bacteria and do two more changes on Wednesday and Friday and take some more water back to him on Sunday. I did the water change on Sunday night and took those readings tonight (Monday). And wala Nitrite. Not sure if its coincidence but three other pet shops told me this guy has the best stuff available and hes the fish guru they turn to when they have troubles with tanks. Another thing he pointed out that i never knew or read anywhere is that not many people set UGF's up with enough gravel. He told me that if you put your finger in the gravel and touch the filter plate your finger should be buried up to the second knuckle as a bare minimum so there is enough contact area for bacteria to grow on, my gravel is much lower than that so that may well be half the reason my tank has taken sooo long to cycle. Thankyou all for your help and coments on this, and im glad i can finally say im on the way to having a healthy tank.
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Old 02-16-2009, 07:08 AM   #32
 
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I'm skeptical about the bacteria supplement he gave you. After all given the amount of time you've been cycling nitrite was surely coming soon so whether or not the supplement did anything is suspect. Did he tell you your ammonia level in the tank?
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Old 02-17-2009, 03:08 AM   #33
 
Yeah he told me the amonia was about 1.9. So it was the same as ive been reading.
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Old 02-17-2009, 09:45 AM   #34
 
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Have you been doing the water changes? Have you tested your tap water? If you've been doing regular water changes with 0 ppm ammonia water I'd be amazed if your ammonia was that high and stayed there. Unless something's died in your tank.
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