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Old 09-27-2011, 10:13 AM   #1
 
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OK,4 days ago i had .25 ammonia 2.0 nitrites and 10 nitrates and you guys recommended doing daily water changes to correct the problems,well i did 3 30-40% and 1 50% change and now i stand at .25 ammonia ,0 nitrites and 5 nitrates. But the big problem i just realized ive got .25 ammonia coming out the tap. If this is so how can the tank ever cycle. It seems as if im so close. What should I continue to do from here?
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Old 09-27-2011, 10:16 AM   #2
 
i believe this would be a proper place to use water conditioners that convert ammonia to ammonium. ammonium is not toxic to your fish but will still be read in you ammonia tests. i'm pretty sure a lot of conditioners do this, but you will want to make sure the one you have/get does.
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Old 09-27-2011, 10:20 AM   #3
 
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You were smart to check your tap. Like you, my tap water contains ammonia. My tap measures .50, yours is better at .25. What I do is to use double the amount of Prime at water change time. After 48 hours my tanks test 0 for ammonia. My fish do perfectly fine so I assume the double amount of Prime detoxifies the ammonia, and after 48 hours the nitrates in my tank have taken care of it. I keep Discus, which many people will say are delicate fish and they have no problem at all.
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Old 09-27-2011, 10:29 AM   #4
 
looked closer..

and actually i dont have any ammonia in my tap. So with that .25 ammonia what method should i do to get it down to 0 or will the cycling process just take care of that? recommended water changes? I seem to be nearing the end of this...Thanks guys
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Old 09-27-2011, 10:30 AM   #5
 
cycle will take care of it. if you have fish in, water changes to keep from stressing them more than necessary. if your nitrites are down and you have nitrates, it shouldn't take long.
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Old 09-27-2011, 10:36 AM   #6
 
how often should i continue the water changes and at what percent. Ive done changes 4 days in a row to get the parameters to this point. Thank you so much for your help
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Old 09-27-2011, 10:44 AM   #7
 
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What is the ph of the water in the tank? At this point I would continue to do daily water changes of at least 30% until your ammonia reaches 0. The reason for asking about the ph level of your water is because if the ph is below 7 the ammonia will convert to ammonium which is harmless to fish.
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Old 09-27-2011, 10:49 AM   #8
 
ph is high at 8.4
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Old 09-27-2011, 10:50 AM   #9
 
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Then I would continue with the water changes. Should probably not take much longer now.
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Old 09-27-2011, 10:52 AM   #10
 
Will all these water changes drop the nitrate to 0 though? Its at 5 right now,was in the 10-20 range 4 days ago,and once the ammonia reaches 0 does this mean im cycled? or do i have to test over the course of several days to make sure?
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