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Old 01-31-2014, 09:15 AM   #31
 
So I had time to test the whole thing last night....and it was confusing.
pH-8.0
Ammonia-0
Nitrite-1.0ppm
Nitrate-0

So that's the confusing part as I've been getting plenty of Nitrate all along.

Unless my Anacharis is consuming it all now..........................

I only changed a little of the water and I locked down with Prime again. Hopefully down to 0 on the Nitrite.
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Old 01-31-2014, 09:40 AM   #32
 
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So I had time to test the whole thing last night....and it was confusing.
pH-8.0
Ammonia-0
Nitrite-1.0ppm
Nitrate-0

So that's the confusing part as I've been getting plenty of Nitrate all along.

Unless my Anacharis is consuming it all now..........................

I only changed a little of the water and I locked down with Prime again. Hopefully down to 0 on the Nitrite.
FWIW planted tank parameters are confusing especially when all you have heard is the ammonia->nitrIte->nitrate aerobic bacteria cycle.

I would stop doing water changes. Replace evaporative only. stop using the prime.

And when nitrItes drop to unmeasureable start very light feedings.

So sound like you are well on your way.

my .02
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Old 02-01-2014, 08:50 AM   #33
 
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Remo, exactly what is the brand and model of your filter?

Please continue using Prime as you have been. It detoxifies ammonia and, in large doses, nitrite. That is very important in a small tank.

Continue to do water changes to keep the nitrite and ammonia <0.25. At the levels of nitrite you've been experiencing, I believe only Prime is keeping your fish
healthy and active.

I'm sorry I did not see this thread until now. I would have recommended you use Tetra Safestart. It works especially fast on nitrite. Great on nano-tanks. You'd have been done by now.

Something to remember when you cycle your larger tank.
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Old 02-01-2014, 09:29 AM   #34
 
I believe we are getting to the end.
I also think I messed up the nitrate test the day before

Ammonia-0ppm
Nitrite-0.25ppm
Nitrate-40ppm

I changed about 25% of the water last night and didn't use quite as much Prime.

Thanks Hallyx, anyway. This place is great and full of great people offering lots of advice.
I will be doing things a bit differently on the big tank. Like letting the Ammonia sinks of plants get established first

But sometimes children are impatient...........

Oh the filter is internal tetra variety. I just have the floss in there and removed the carbon. The tank came as a kit.
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Old 02-01-2014, 09:56 AM   #35
 
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OK. As long as it isn't the Tetra 3i sponge filter (bubbler). Some people have called that an internal filter.
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Old 02-01-2014, 10:22 AM   #36
 
No it's not that, it's an actual filter
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Old 02-03-2014, 08:42 AM   #37
 
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I believe we are getting to the end.
I also think I messed up the nitrate test the day before

Ammonia-0ppm
Nitrite-0.25ppm
Nitrate-40ppm

I changed about 25% of the water last night and didn't use quite as much Prime.

Thanks Hallyx, anyway. This place is great and full of great people offering lots of advice.
I will be doing things a bit differently on the big tank. Like letting the Ammonia sinks of plants get established first

But sometimes children are impatient...........

Oh the filter is internal tetra variety. I just have the floss in there and removed the carbon. The tank came as a kit.
That sounds excellent!!!!!.

In case anyone cares my comment on not using Prime was based on the fear that any ammonia you may be reading is already locked up by the Prime and therefore safe(r). The danger is you dose Prime, still test positive for ammonia, continue using Prime when none is needed. Meanwhile Prime does lock up oxygen also and is posionous to fish.

When using ammonia locks it is best to use a test kit like the seachem multi test ammonia test kit that measures both the locked and dangerous free ammonia to determine if Prime is necessary.

I also heard that those ammonia dots permanetly in the tank also only measure the dangerous free ammonia.

But I think your idea of using the plants to suck out the ammonia is really the way to go.

But that's just my .02
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Old 02-03-2014, 10:19 AM   #38
 
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Everybody knows that about Prime (orother NH3 binders) and the API salycilate test kit. I don't know anyone on this forum who is ill-informed or dumb enough to continually dose Prime just because they still read ammonia.

The amount of ammonia-locker needed to significantly diminish oxygen is enormous, well beyond any reasonable dose.

Nothing in Prime is poisonous to fish in reasonable doses.

I also think your idea of using the plants to suck out the ammonia is really the way to go, if you have the talent and aptitude to maintain a healthy planted tank.


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Old 02-03-2014, 11:17 AM   #39
 
Oh I do have a bit of handiness with plants, but my knowledge has increased greatly due to reading here.

The Anacharis in that tank is growing very nicely right now. I may have to trim in another week or two. More likely a week.
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Old 02-04-2014, 09:39 AM   #40
 
Finally cycled

We are finally there!
Ammonia 0ppm
Nitrite 0ppm
Nitrate 40ppm

Thanks everyone for your help. I'll just be monitoring the Nitrates for a few weeks to get an idea of how often I'll have to do a water change. Hopefully as the plants eat the ammonia faster than the bacteria this will become a non issue.
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