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post #11 of 13 Old 08-05-2011, 02:14 PM Thread Starter
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I checked the tap water and we don't have any ammonia or nitrites present. I'll do another water change today to get the ammonia level back down to 0. I just hope those little bacteria will show me some signs of life with some nitrites.......
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post #12 of 13 Old 08-05-2011, 02:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Byron View Post
I completely agree on the ammonia level harm. Daily 50% water changes are better to deal with this, along with live plants. "Seeding" a tank by any method is still time-comsuming, the bacteria need time to multiply. If interested, you can read more in my article on bacteria:

The benefit of plants cannot be understated. Provided there are enough to handle the fish.
I agree. Only thing, in my case at least, I wouldn't have access to enough plants to get all at once. I would need to order them and of course that could take quite some time. I actually need to do that I can start planting. But yeah, the water changes are certainly in order.
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post #13 of 13 Old 08-06-2011, 09:51 PM Thread Starter
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Ok good news! Houston we HAVE NITRITES AND NITRATES!!!!!!

Current Numbers:
Temp - 78F
pH - 7.6
Ammonia - 1.0ppm
Nitrite - .15ppm
Nitrate - 2.5ppm

I hope by tomorrow when I get up the bacteria will be doing their job and that ammonia number will drop. If I wake up and it's not any lower, then we'll do a 25% water change.
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