08-30-2009, 10:48 AM
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Originally Posted by jeihan
i had the numbers from the store but while at the mall i lost them. the amonia was i believe 2x the toxic level,ph was fine, and one of the nitrates was high too. i did a water change a few minutes ago and added in nutrafin cycle and will get the water tested again in about 3 days. I also will only be feeding the fish once a day until the system is more stable. what do you think?
Angel079 has helped you in the interim, so you're on track with the partial water change.
By the way, nitrates are not a concern unless the reading is very high. Nitrate is the third part of the nitrification cycle (ammonia, then nitrite--both highly toxic, then nitrate). You say one of the "nitrates" was also high; it is the ammnia and nitrite you must keep at "0" once the tank is cycled. With regular (weekly) partial water changes of 30-40% you will keep nitrates down, and if there are plants in the tank all the better; it is only when something biological is seriously out of whack that one sees nitrates above 10-20 in a planted aquarium.