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Just had water tested for 1st Time need Help!
Old 06-29-2007, 01:35 PM   #1
 
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Just had water tested for 1st Time need Help!

I tested the water for first and need advise on the results..

(15 Gallon, Freshwater, no fish & cycling for 2 weeks)

pH - 7.2
Ammonia (NH3/Nh4+) - 1.0ppm
Nitrate (NO2`) - 0ppm

All advise will be greatly appreciated.
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Old 06-29-2007, 01:42 PM   #2
 
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You will need to do a water change as soon as possible. 50% is recommended. Keep an eye on levels and keep up the water changes through the Nitrite spike until you start getting the build up of Nitrates.

You can reference the sticky article at the top of this forum on cycling a freshwater aquarium.
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Old 06-29-2007, 01:48 PM   #3
 
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Is it safe to use tap water??
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Old 06-29-2007, 01:49 PM   #4
 
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Is it safe to use tap water??
Yes, most people use a water conditioner to remove chlorine and chloramines but yes, tap water is what most people use.
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Old 06-29-2007, 02:18 PM   #5
 
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How did Ammonia Form in a 100% brand new tank??
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Old 06-29-2007, 03:22 PM   #6
 
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The last tank I cycled with fish showed ammonia in 2 days so seeing ammoniia in 2 weeks is pretty normal if oyu have been adding fish food or have something in there decaying.
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Old 06-29-2007, 05:34 PM   #7
 
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The thing is the tank is empty only gravel and plastic plants. I have not been adding fish food or something decaying.
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Old 06-29-2007, 06:36 PM   #8
 
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Well if you have not been adding anything then 1 of 2 things are likely going on. The first and most likely is a faulty test strip or kit, get the results verified by the LFS. The second would be that there is ammonia in your tap water which is a bad thing all around.

I don't want this to come across wrong but in order to cycle a tank you have to have an ammonia source and continually add a source of either ammonia or decaying matter in order to keep the tank cycling and finish it so you can put fish in.

The cycling sticky might would be a very good place for you to do some research on what is needed to properly cycle a tank.
http://www.fishforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=3738

Oh and don't feel bad, I didn't have a clue what it meant to cycle a tank until 8-9 years ago and I have been fish off and on for a LONG time.
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Old 07-01-2007, 12:18 AM   #9
 
does your tap water have ammonia in it? mine does ... and it had no ammonia a few weeks ago, it just suddenly started having ammonia. unfortunately I lost a fish before I realized where it was coming from. :(
sad...
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Old 07-01-2007, 12:21 AM   #10
 
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IDK never tested tap water
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