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This is a discussion on first water change within the Beginner Freshwater Aquarium forums, part of the Freshwater Fish and Aquariums category; --> well today i did a 25% change and here are the results pH-7.4 Ammonia-0 Nitrite-2.0 Nitrate-5.0 how are things looking...

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Old 08-07-2007, 10:51 PM   #1
 
first water change

well today i did a 25% change and here are the results

pH-7.4
Ammonia-0
Nitrite-2.0
Nitrate-5.0


how are things looking
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Old 08-07-2007, 10:57 PM   #2
 
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You want zero nitrites in the end.;) Since you have fish in your tank, frequent water changes are needed to maintain the ammonia and nitrites at zero. Do a water change on daily basis.
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Old 08-07-2007, 11:07 PM   #3
 
daily how much should i change? 25%? do i test the water each day also?
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Old 08-07-2007, 11:24 PM   #4
 
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daily how much should i change? 25%? do i test the water each day also?
25% is okay. Yes, you have to monitor your water parameters regularly.
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Old 08-07-2007, 11:30 PM   #5
 
ok i was just wondering so once i get 0 nitrites for a week will i be fine? or does it have to be 2 weeks?
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Old 08-07-2007, 11:32 PM   #6
 
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ok i was just wondering so once i get 0 nitrites for a week will i be fine? or does it have to be 2 weeks?
The time cycling finishes will vary. You want zero ammonia and nitrites in the end with nitrates not exceeding 40 ppm.
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Old 08-07-2007, 11:47 PM   #7
 
ok thanks
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Old 08-08-2007, 12:33 AM   #8
 
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Yes, once you see zero (0) nitrites and ammonia for 1 week the cycle should be over.
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