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Having trouble with Nitrite levels
Old 12-31-2011, 06:25 PM   #11
 
Thanks for the info, Byron.

I have a couple of live plants in the tank, though not many for the tank size. I will eventually be getting more. I also have 2 pieces of driftwood, which my plecos absolutely love.

My test results must be off because I've had no casualties yet and the fish seem to be active. I hope I'm using the tests correctly...I'd feel really stupid otherwise. I just went to the store and got my bottle of Prime, can't wait to get some in the water! The water temperature stays around 86F, is that too high? As for the PH of the tap water, I'll have to test that out. I will post the results once I get them. Again, thanks for the help, I really appreciate it!
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Old 12-31-2011, 06:31 PM   #12
 
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Thanks for the info, Byron.

I have a couple of live plants in the tank, though not many for the tank size. I will eventually be getting more. I also have 2 pieces of driftwood, which my plecos absolutely love.

My test results must be off because I've had no casualties yet and the fish seem to be active. I hope I'm using the tests correctly...I'd feel really stupid otherwise. I just went to the store and got my bottle of Prime, can't wait to get some in the water! The water temperature stays around 86F, is that too high? As for the PH of the tap water, I'll have to test that out. I will post the results once I get them. Again, thanks for the help, I really appreciate it!
That is the high end of the range for discus so not a problem; I might consider lowering it to 83-84F, later. I try not to keep fish at the high end of their preferred range because the higher the temperature the more it affects their physiology. However, as it mentions in our profile, you don't want to risk too low a temp for discus. [You do know about our fish profiles?]

Live plants will help in all this, they assimilate a lot of ammonia (as ammonium), though the more the better.
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Old 12-31-2011, 06:43 PM   #13
 
I just realized I forgot to mention the GH and KH. I don't have anything to test this. Are there any specific test kits you recommend I use?
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Old 12-31-2011, 06:46 PM   #14
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Find your local water boards test results, they should be posted somewhere on the web, sometimes they results are cryptic though so if you can't find them in the report just post a link to it here someone will be able to figure out the measurements.
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Old 12-31-2011, 06:52 PM   #15
 
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Agree, or post the link if you cannot figure it out, sometimes these people have funny ways of setting out data.
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Old 01-02-2012, 02:10 AM   #16
 
I am happy to report that the nitrite in the aquarium has completely disappeared! I am forever grateful to you guys for all the information you were able to give me! Now my fish can be happy and stress free!
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Old 01-02-2012, 12:37 PM   #17
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Glad to hear it, sometimes it just takes time for these things to work out.
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