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Are my water perameters decent?
Old 01-07-2007, 01:35 AM   #1
 
Are my water perameters decent?

My tank has been running for about 2 weeks
It's a 20 gallon long

Houseing a hatchling turtle and 1 chinese algae eater.

Its filter is a fluval 305.

Ive done 35% water changes weekly for the 2 weeks.

Ammonia is less than .10 ppm
Nitrate is about 7 ppm
Nitrite is about .25 ppm
And my water is 7.6

I've been thinking about getting some ph down because i plan on putting guppies in there.
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Old 01-07-2007, 01:50 AM   #2
 
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Your tank is still under cycling process. Ammonia and nitrites should be zero with detectable level of nitrates.

Avoid the pH chemicals. They will act on temporary basis and will swing back to its 'usual' level once worn off. This alone will cause dire consequences to your fish especially when it swings in a large difference by all of a sudden.

Your guppies should be fine at 7.6. IMO, guppies will not like lower pH levels.
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Old 01-07-2007, 02:08 AM   #3
 
So im supose to keep doing weekly water changes even if my tank hasnt cycled?

I've read somewhere that guppies prefer a ph level of something between 7.0 and 7.5
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Old 01-07-2007, 02:29 AM   #4
 
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So im supose to keep doing weekly water changes even if my tank hasnt cycled?
Not when doing fishless. Water changes remove the ammonia and nitrites needed by the bacteria which could finally have been converted to nitrates. Do a large water change only when you finally see the results as undetectable level of ammonia and nitrites with nitrate level probably in excess to dangerous levels. A large water change will dilute the excess nitrates. Nitrates should not exceed 40 ppm which is toxic to the fish.
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I've read somewhere that guppies prefer a ph level of something between 7.0 and 7.5
Don't fiddle with the pH. Your pH is fine for guppies. Fiddling with it is asking for troubles.
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