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Old 06-12-2008, 04:17 PM   #1
 
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So, my tank has been cycling and its near ready.

Ammonia - 0!
Nitrites - off the scale...between 3.3-33mg/l which turns into 3.3-33ppm I believe
Nitrates - between 80-160ppm

Im using an API test kit for nitrates and tetratest for the nitrites and ammonia.

I figuring that the ammonia bacteria is so great right now, it made a surplus of nitrites waiting to be eaten by the next bacteria in line.

I also noticed my water became partially white cloudy, what caused this? Im guessing the nitrites.
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Old 06-12-2008, 05:43 PM   #2
 
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Yup, cloudy is the nitrites and as for the nitrates, those are a little high...ok, a lot. You'll have to do a few water changes to get it back down to safe levels before you add anything.
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Old 06-13-2008, 10:47 AM   #3
 
Yea thats what I figured, thanks for the reply.
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Old 06-14-2008, 10:34 PM   #4
 
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If you don't have any fish in the tank yet, you could just do a very large water change and get the nitrites in line. If you do have fish you need to be a little more careful with how much but at 3.3 ppm nitrites you should probably still start at 50%. After the first water change wait an hour or two for things to stabilize before you test again. If its still way high on nitrites, its time for another large water change.
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Old 06-14-2008, 10:45 PM   #5
 
Ok, Ill be doing that tomorrow. Should I do a good gravel vac too?
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Old 06-14-2008, 11:48 PM   #6
 
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On such a young tank I would hold off on vaccuming until after water change. If you are not overfeeding ,then nitrates should lower. If You MUST you could LIGHTLY vaccum one third of the tank at each water change until nitrates become managable but It should not be needed at this early stage.
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Old 06-14-2008, 11:52 PM   #7
 
I dont have fish in the tank yet, still cycling with 2 dead prawn.
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Old 06-15-2008, 12:23 AM   #8
 
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I would still hold off on vaccuming the substrate as that is where a good deal of the biological material you have waited on to develop is found. Most recommend a 50 Percent water cange before adding fish. I would wait until after that water change and then test for nitrates. If you need to you can do as mentioned in previous post . IMHO I would still add fish slowly. :)
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Old 06-15-2008, 12:30 AM   #9
 
Yea, I planned on adding:
3 swordtails and 2 plecos
2 honey gourami
4-5 threadfin rainbow
4-5 threadfin rainbow
3 zebra loaches
3 zebra loaches
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Old 06-15-2008, 12:35 AM   #10
 
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I hope you are Talking about the Smaller variety of Plecos as opposed to common pleco.
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