01-20-2013, 10:47 AM
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HELP!! Newbie with 29 gallon tank
I have a new 30 gallon tank that has been setup for about 3 weeks (Dec. 28th) and has fish for about 2 weeks (Jan 2nd). We have 2 Guorami, 2 Dalmation Molly, 2 Female Swordtails, 1 male Swordtails, 1 Tetra, 3 dwarf frogs.
I've been having petsmart check the water analysis weekly and it had all been great with low ammonia, nitrite and nitrates. However, in the past 2 days the nitRITE has been very high with levels of 10 and Nitrate level of 40!! I've been really stressing about this and hoping I havn't done too much too fast with adding fish and am going to loose them all.
Thus far we have only lost 1 Tetra.....
I've been reading that I need to get a water test kit (not the strip kind, but fluid) and need to start doing 50% water changes daily until the levels come down.
Should I stop feeding the fish? We've been feeding twice a day and possibly some overfeeding has occurred.
Any other suggestions are much appreciated.
01-20-2013, 11:02 AM
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There may well be some additives you can put in (others are more experienced at that as I don't use them). Yes, get a liquid test kit, the API master kit is good, gives me good results, and the water changes also help. Test your tap water as well. This will give you an idea on what is actually coming out of the tap. And contact your water agency for their test results. That will show just what is in the water as well. This way you can also assess, or get a good idea, of any differences in water from their end to yours. Some here have had the odd circumstance of ammonia straight from the tap. 'For some tests on water from the tap, it has to be outgassed to get rid of co-2'. Someone else here on the forum brought that up. Oh well, I'm 59 and losing brain cells left and right.
For myself, the nitrates straight from the tap are 10ppm in summer and spike to 20 during the winter.
Good learning experience here: new tank, start with only a couple of fish like platys to begin the cycling process.
These types of spikes, I think, do happen on occasion. While your stocking level is ok for a cycled tank, I think it is a bit overcrowded for a beginning tank.
Last edited by twocents; 01-20-2013 at 11:07 AM..
Reason: just remembere another thing..
01-20-2013, 12:41 PM
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The levels of Ammonia, Nitrite and Nitrate were at 0, 10 and 20 on 1/15 and ph of 7.8.
The levels of Ammonia, Nitrite and Nitrate were at 0, 10 and 40 on 1/19 and ph of 7.8.
I just tested all 3 and got readings of 0, 5+ and somewhere between 5-10.
I've yet to do a water change but DID change my filter media. I am using the Marineland 150 filter.
I bought some of the Prime and will be using that as well as doing a 40-50%S water change daily to get this under control.
I also plan on getting some Water Sprite to float at the top.....
Thanks again in advance for any/all suggestions.
Last edited by gracietank1974; 01-20-2013 at 12:47 PM..
01-20-2013, 02:58 PM
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What's the harm of switching the filter cartridge out? Was this a big mistake??
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