05-12-2009, 03:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Tigerfish
Okay, guys I feel like an idiot I found my ammonia kit and used the wrong color chart lol so I have 0 pp in my tank. And my tap water is reading PH of 7.4 it's a clearer blue than on the color chart that reads 7.6
So let us summarize where we are now. The tank has been running for one week with no fish, and your ammonia is "0". At the moment, unless you have added some form of ammonia, the tank is doing nothing. I don't know your level of experience so I don't know whether or not you know how to cycle a new tank, so I'll explain the process.
You need ammonia in the tank in order to get the nitrosomonas bacteria present; they "eat" ammonia and convert it to nitrite. Nitrite is still toxic to fish though less so than ammonia, but another bacteria called nitrobacter will establish itself once there is nitrite and this bacteria will convert the nitrite to nitrate which for now we will say is harmless. But without "food" in the form of ammonia, the cycle can't start. It takes anywhere from 5-9 days for the nitrosomonas bacteria to establish themselves sufficient to handle the ammonia, and there must be a continual supply of ammonia during this period or the bacteria that do appear will die off for lack of "food." Similarly, the nitrobacter bacteria take several days to establish, and this will only start once the nitrosomonas bacteria start providing nitrite. It can take anywhere from 2-8 weeks for the cycling process to establish itself.
What are you adding to the tank to provide ammonia?
P.S. Don't feel like an idiot--if you knew the number of times that we have done similar...
Last edited by Byron; 05-12-2009 at 03:11 PM..