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Old 12-06-2007, 11:04 AM   #1
 
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Patience is key but....

I've been cycling my 28 gallon tank for 4 weeks now. Ammonia is 0 Nitrites are either 1.0 or 5.0 (I know big difference but I couldn't really tell and I didn't have enough time) And nitrates are 40. I know the best thing to do is wait, but I really want to get my fish out of my ten gallon and put them in the new tank. I'm sure doing a small water change wouldn't be a big deal right? I just want some peoples opinions. My nitrites are like stuck, well not really but they have been this high for so long and I'm thinking a little water change might be all it needs to start going down. What do you guys think?
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Old 12-06-2007, 11:09 AM   #2
 
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hi
the thing is... that if you put them in you risk loosing them. :(
if you are that desperate(i know the feeling)why do you not
go to your LFS and ask them to donate some floss
or a squeezing,for your tank ?
however the other thing would be to add something hardy
danios perhaps ?
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Old 12-06-2007, 11:12 AM   #3
 
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hi
sorry i can't remember... what fish do you have ?
4 Swordtails, 3 shrimp, and 1 apple snail.
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Old 12-06-2007, 11:14 AM   #4
 
The nitrite levels would make me nervious. If my nitrates were at 40 with fish in it, I would just so a water change and watch it but being unsure of what the nitrites are at and your nitrates being high, I would do anything for the time being. Sorry. I'm going throught the same thing except my fish are in the tank and it's nerve wrecking since I never know if or when I'm going to loose someone. I wouldn't suggest putting you in that position.

My shrimp were always very sensative to my nitrites changing. The swords were ok but not good
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Old 12-06-2007, 11:14 AM   #5
 
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sorry i ment to read the tank blurby thing. lol
so i changed it.
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Old 12-06-2007, 11:19 AM   #6
 
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The nitrite levels would make me nervious. If my nitrates were at 40 with fish in it, I would just so a water change and watch it but being unsure of what the nitrites are at and your nitrates being high, I would do anything for the time being. Sorry. I'm going throught the same thing except my fish are in the tank and it's nerve wrecking since I never know if or when I'm going to loose someone. I wouldn't suggest putting you in that position.

My shrimp were always very sensative to my nitrites changing. The swords were ok but not good
Thanks, I don't mean like I want to do a water change and add my fish right away. I ment I wanted to do a small water change to help dilute it a bit so I can put the fish in sooner then later. Sorry I should have been more clear on that.
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Old 12-06-2007, 11:21 AM   #7
 
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The nitrite levels would make me nervious. If my nitrates were at 40 with fish in it, I would just so a water change and watch it but being unsure of what the nitrites are at and your nitrates being high, I would do anything for the time being. Sorry. I'm going throught the same thing except my fish are in the tank and it's nerve wrecking since I never know if or when I'm going to loose someone. I wouldn't suggest putting you in that position.

My shrimp were always very sensative to my nitrites changing. The swords were ok but not good
Thanks, I don't mean like I want to do a water change and add my fish right away. I ment I wanted to do a small water change to help dilute it a bit so I can put the fish in sooner then later. Sorry I should have been more clear on that.
Lol just to be more clear, So maybe in another week I can add fish rather then two.
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Old 12-06-2007, 11:34 AM   #8
 
I would do a small water change a night and look at it again in a week. You might be good by then. If the nitrites drop down and the nitrates stay at 40, I would add 1 or 2 fish and see what happen
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Old 12-06-2007, 11:37 AM   #9
 
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Thanks! But I don't think I'll be risking my little fishies lives. I'll just do a small water change today and wait a little while and if I see a change in nitrites and nitrates then great. But if my nitrates are still at 40 I'll be doing little water changes to see if I can't get it to go down before I add the fish. Thanks again.
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Old 12-06-2007, 03:25 PM   #10
 
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If your 10 gallon is well established, you might as well put in some water from that when you do a water change, or stick a sponge filter in the 10 gallon for a few days and then put it in the larger one. Lotsa good ways to use your already established tank!
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