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post #31 of 44 Old 01-10-2012, 11:18 PM Thread Starter
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Water parameters

Okay so i just tested my water parameters and got 2ppm ammonia, 0 nitrites, 0 nitrates, and 8ph. So something I did before i got the ammonia(monday) is helping serverly cause it dropped from 4.5ppm to 2ppm in 48 hours(maybe less). Maybe I had some bacteria built up from feeding the tank for a week or maybe the start zyme working. I don't know any suggestions?? I'm excited to actually see a change and what about my ph any hints as to why it dropping?? I haven't done anything to the tank , I mean its a good thing i just like to have idea of whats going on.
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post #32 of 44 Old 01-11-2012, 11:40 PM Thread Starter
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Water Parameters and stocking options

Okay so water test showed 1ppm ammonia, 0ppm nitrite( shouldn't it be showing trace amounts by now??), 0ppm nitrate, and 8.0ph.

I also added a bubble stone today with a pump, that's pumping out at around 2800cc a minute.

So for stocking options I'm thinking 8 Cory's (Panda, Starbi, Emerald, Skunk). 1 male and 1 female of each species, and then 8 Guppies (or 12 if everyone thinks my 2 tetra internal whisper 10-30 can handle bio load with cory's cleaning some to). I wanna go with 4 Blue Cobra Guppies (1 male, 3 females), 4 Green Cobra Guppies (1 male, 3 females) and 4 Endler's Livebearers(1 male, 3 females). I think my ratio to males to females is correct??

Also on a different note ( and probably a stupid question). Could my tank take a full live stock as soon as I'm done cycling it with ammonia???
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post #33 of 44 Old 01-12-2012, 03:51 PM Thread Starter
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Am I doing the fish-less cycle right adding enough ammonia to get it to 4-5ppm and letting it drop to .5-1ppm before dosing again and bringing it back up to 4-5ppm then letting it drop again an just continuing this cycle.
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post #34 of 44 Old 01-12-2012, 07:42 PM
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Iv always found that when starting a new aquarium (if your lucky enough to have another aquarium in the house) is to use some of the water from another aquarium to start the cycling process off. When doing a water change in the other aquarium use the water taken out in the new one. Just something iv always done not necessarily a wide spread opinion
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post #35 of 44 Old 01-12-2012, 08:09 PM Thread Starter
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i dont have that option tho
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Am I doing the fish-less cycle right adding enough ammonia to get it to 4-5ppm and letting it drop to .5-1ppm before dosing again and bringing it back up to 4-5ppm then letting it drop again an just continuing this cycle.
Yes, you keep doing that until it reads 0 the next day. Then you keep it up, but test nitrites. When both go to 0, and nitrates start to rise, you're good to go and can stop adding ammonia.
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post #37 of 44 Old 01-12-2012, 08:53 PM Thread Starter
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Is it normal in the first week to see drastic changes in Ammonia but no Nitrites at all?? cause in 48 hours my ammonia dropped 2.5 ppm but i never saw any Nitrites and my nitrates are some where between 0ppm and 5ppm cause its not bright yellow (0) and its also not orange(5).
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Since this is my first does of ammonia is it normal to see it disappear( or as i heard someone else say it get adsorbed into some things in the tank)... and then after a second dose the nitrites start appearing cause this has me worried i am trying to do everything right and just keep hitting walls. I'm using ammonium-hydroxide. is this my problem
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post #39 of 44 Old 01-13-2012, 11:12 PM Thread Starter
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Day 11 4ppm ammonia, 0nitrite, 5ppm nitrtates, and 8.2 ph
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post #40 of 44 Old 01-14-2012, 11:01 PM Thread Starter
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Test results today where a little more up lifting it's testing 4ppm ammonia but you can tell the color is lessing so its going down again, nitrite 0ppm but it is slightly darker then 0ppm but not as dark as .25ppm, and nitrates still showing 5ppm. On a different note anyone know where to get some replacement test tubes??
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