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post #31 of 32 Old 08-03-2010, 09:03 AM Thread Starter
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Last night - about 24 hours after my 20% water change - I tested the water again. Ammonia - 0, Nitrate - between 0 and 5ppm and the Nirtrite didn't match any color on the chart. It was super pale, light blue. Since there is only one blue color on the Nitrite scale, I'll assume it's 0 or almost 0. So that rocks.

I didn't change the water last night as a result. I'll test again tonight and every night for a week or so to make sure it stays like that but this is the best reading I've ever gotten. This is awesome (so far).
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post #32 of 32 Old 08-03-2010, 10:24 PM Thread Starter
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Same readings tonight. So far so good. Fish looked better last night before I tested as well. I don't know if they can look healthier but he did. So far, I'm so happy. Hope it lasts. I'll need to get a good 6500 watt sunlight bulb and some carpet plants, maybe some floating plants as well soon. I didn't want to add any more plants until the tank was right.

I'll wait (how long?) to make sure the Betta's fin problems were water-realted before adding more fish but so far it seems like they were.

Slowly but surely on our way.
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