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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 ...
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?
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.
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.
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
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.
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?