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post #31 of 36 Old 02-14-2014, 10:33 AM Thread Starter
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the tank has been running up for well today will be 4 days. i tested the water last night and there were no signs of any nitrate yet. ill re test the water either sunday or monday. so how often should i feed these fish?? twice a week? i dont want to over feed.
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post #32 of 36 Old 02-14-2014, 01:04 PM
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they look like platys to me..feed very small amounts once a day ?
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Hello, just wanted to say how great it is that your researching first and asking questions. I love it when people do it the right way instead of rushing into it and killing fish. I know fish die all the time but...
I agree with hallyx about your ph- leave it alone. Mine is over 8.0 and I keep a variety of species successfully. Fish can adapt to ph if it is stable, if you try to "fix" ph you're likely to have an unstable system that requires constant dosing and monitoring.
But just to put it out there... leaves and wood tend to lower ph, rocks and sand tend to raise ph. Indian almond leaves are commonly used to lower ph In betta tanks.
That being said, I'll repeat the earlier advice...leave ph alone.
Only time i would recommend trying to alter ph is if you fail to establish a stable nitrogen cycle because of acid conditions, which you do not have.

Question: have you measured any nitrate in your tank ever? Your cycle is not complete till your producing nitrate.
Best wishes for a beautiful and healthy aquarium!
I tested the water again today. results were high ph 8.2 ammonia none, nitrite none, nitrate was between 5.0 and 10ppm. I added some plants today, hopefully they will help lower the ph a little.

I got them from a local guy on craigslist, he suggested i get a co2 system put into my tank. He said it would benefit the plants and also lower the ph levels. I would rather not add a co2 system, how many of you guys use a co2 system who run planted tanks??

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I tested the water again today. results were high ph 8.2 ammonia none, nitrite none, nitrate was between 5.0 and 10ppm. I added some plants today, hopefully they will help lower the ph a little.

I got them from a local guy on craigslist, he suggested i get a co2 system put into my tank. He said it would benefit the plants and also lower the ph levels. I would rather not add a co2 system, how many of you guys use a co2 system who run planted tanks??

I have healthy plants with no co2.
Yes co2 system will lower ph, usualy is used in connection with high tech lights and fertilizers.

As far as your test results... numbers are identicle to mine. As long as your numbers are STABLE you should have very few problems with fish or plants. Just research before buying any fish to make sure they don't NEED low ph.

Live plants will not lower your ph, if anything they will slightly raise it by using co2 .

If you have any questions or anything is unclear please don't hesitate to ask. Good luck!

Oh, I almost forgot... dont mess with your ph!

"Be the change you want to see in the world."

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post #35 of 36 Old 03-06-2014, 11:47 PM Thread Starter
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So far looking good, fish are doing great, plants are growing. One question, its been weeks since iv started this tank and I don't think iv ever measured any nitrite, is that a good thing or bad?

I did a partial water change this past Tuesday, today I checked the water and high range ph was 8.4, ammonia .5, nitrite 0, nitrate was probably 20. before I did the water change on Tuesday the readings were close to the readings I just did today.

How do I know when my cycling has been done? should I wait for two more days to do my water change? so far iv been doing weekly 25% water changes since iv started this tank.

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once the nitrite and ammonia are both 0 then you're cycled.
if you're happy with your water change routine then continue,the only
thing at this time not to do is clean the filter.
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