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post #1 of 33 Old 05-11-2009, 02:08 PM Thread Starter
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Hello, I a new to the forums wanted to introduce myself,

I've always had tanks but nothing bigger than a15 gal. Now starting a new with a 28 gal tank I've had in my basement. It's all set up with gravel, 3 rock formations, live and fake plants, and 0 fish. I'm one week into the cycling proccess and have really high ammonia levels need recommendations on how to lower them?
Also never had a shark before and interested in getting a red tail is a 28gal too small of tank?

thanks for the input
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post #2 of 33 Old 05-11-2009, 02:14 PM
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Hello tigerfish! Welcome to the forum!
How are you cycling? Are you using pure ammonia? What was you ammonia test reading?
If you are cycling with pure ammonia and it is testing higher than 5 ppm, I would do a water change to reduce ammonia to 4ppm.
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post #3 of 33 Old 05-11-2009, 02:26 PM Thread Starter
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the ammonia tested to be 7pp I just added PH down to the tank cause my ph is 7.6. I only added water to the tank previous
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post #4 of 33 Old 05-11-2009, 03:06 PM
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A ph of 7.6 will work for alot of different fish. What fish did you plan on adding to the tank?
Are you saying the ammonia is in your tap water, that you did nothing to add the ammonia?
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post #5 of 33 Old 05-11-2009, 07:03 PM Thread Starter
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I just added tap water and NovAqua water conditioner to the tank.

I'm thinking of having:
1 RTS
1 betta
4-5 dwarf neon rainbows
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post #6 of 33 Old 05-11-2009, 07:18 PM
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Can you run an ammonia test on your tap water and tell me your results?
If that ammonia is in the tap water, that could be a big problem. What water testing kit are you using?
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post #7 of 33 Old 05-11-2009, 11:18 PM
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welcome tigerfish to the forum. good to see you here.
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post #8 of 33 Old 05-11-2009, 11:37 PM
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Welcome to the forum! As Twistersmom states, a ph of 7.6 will work very well with a large number of fish so I wouldn't worry about fiddling with it. Ph stability is more important than the actual number.
I also would like to know what your ammonia level is straight from the tap.

PS. From what I've read about the RTS a 26 would be too small. They are territorial and need to lay stake to a good deal of real estate that a 26 wouldn't provide. It's just what I've repeatedly read; I have no experience with a RTS.

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post #9 of 33 Old 05-12-2009, 06:03 AM
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Aunt Kymmie is correct on the redtail shark.........They need space and do become very territorial as they grow larger.....In that size tank your gonna have issues with him...........
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post #10 of 33 Old 05-12-2009, 10:11 AM
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the ammonia tested to be 7pp I just added PH down to the tank cause my ph is 7.6. I only added water to the tank previous
Don't use chemicals to lower (or raise) pH. There is a reason why the pH is 7.6 and the water probably has buffers that will keep it there. Using chemicals to lower it will work short term but within 24 hours the water's buffers will raise it back--until such point as you crash the buffering and there's more trouble. A pH of 7.6 is OK for the fish you mention, as others have said.

As others have said, check the tap water straight out of the tap for ammonia and let us know the results. And to repeat previous posters, what test kit do you have?

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If youíre going to take it under your wing then youíre responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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