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post #1 of 7 Old 10-08-2010, 08:48 AM Thread Starter
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My 2 month Aquarium readings.

I have two 55 and 56 gallon tanks, both about 2 months old. I had been texting them with test strips until yesterday, i finally bought a test kit and had so much fun texting them both. They both had exactly the same readings, kinda weird.
My readings are:
pH 7.4
Ammonia 0.25
N2 <0.25 but not quite 0
N3 40 ppm

Also, I bought a light bulb for one of the tanks, a special Flora-Glo with 2800K. is that enough?

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Is that a good reading?

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Also, I bought a light bulb for one of the tanks, a special Flora-Glo with 2800K. is that enough?
I'm not sure if you have live plants, but if you do, bulbs rated around 6500k are best
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Ammonia and nitrites should be close to zero if possible. Keep an eye that they do not get above .25 as this would indicate that you don't have enough biological filtration

40ppm nitrates is a little on the high side - maybe consider increasing the amount of water you change during water changes. Also, more live plants would help with keeping this in check.
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Ammonia and nitrites should be close to zero if possible. Keep an eye that they do not get above .25 as this would indicate that you don't have enough biological filtration

40ppm nitrates is a little on the high side - maybe consider increasing the amount of water you change during water changes. Also, more live plants would help with keeping this in check.

+one. would not add any more fish to either tank and would step up water changes both in volume ,and frequency. Reducing the amount of food and frequency of feedings can help also.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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I'm not sure if you have live plants, but if you do, bulbs rated around 6500k are best
That is so deceiving! Why do they call it 'Flora-Glow' when it's not enough light for flora! annoying! Yes, I do have plants in both my aquariums, I'll look for a 6500K, thanks.

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Ammonia and nitrites should be close to zero if possible. Keep an eye that they do not get above .25 as this would indicate that you don't have enough biological filtration

40ppm nitrates is a little on the high side - maybe consider increasing the amount of water you change during water changes. Also, more live plants would help with keeping this in check.

+one. would not add any more fish to either tank and would step up water changes both in volume ,and frequency. Reducing the amount of food and frequency of feedings can help also.
Thanks. I just came back from vacation a couple days ago and I had a friend watch and feed the fish, I have a feeling he might have over fed them, needless to say, the fish have been on a diet for a couple days. I'll do big water changes this weekend and retest.

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