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Old 03-26-2012, 05:31 PM   #11
 
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Which test kit did you purchase?

If you have fish in your tanks, then you should unless they are heavily planted have nitrate readings.
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Old 03-26-2012, 05:35 PM   #12
 
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Tell us the basics about the tanks.

Gallons?
Lights?
how long has it been setup?
How many and what type of fish?

You mentioned plants, what is in the tank plants and/or decorations?

Last but not least pictures always help.

I have had all three tanks set up since the 8th of march approximately
5g now has 2 glowfish one snail

10 g has 8 female guppies, one wisteria 2 bunches of water onion and a plastic crystal ball small one

29g has 6 tetras 5 male guppies
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Old 03-26-2012, 05:37 PM   #13
 
Jungle 5 in one test strip and api products ammonia kit it was all that my petsmart had in stock
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Old 03-26-2012, 05:41 PM   #14
 
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What kind of fish do you have? I wouldn't really worry about the PH, and can guarantee you a 'discus buffer' will be totally useless against hard water. Maybe try diluting with rain water if you're rural and your fish like acidic conditions, but unless you're trying to keep extrememly sensitive fish, I'd just try to let them get used to the 7.8 and not mess with it.

Tetra safe start isn't useful IMO either. If I have an ammonia emergency and can't get filter material from an established tank, I use table sugar, 1 tsp per 10 gallons, once a day, diluted. But don't do it without a test kit and frequent daily water changes. I watch the fish for signs of stress and monitor the water twice a day during the process.


For any more help, please answer the previous two posters. They're asking for neccesary information.
i have guppies and tetras
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Old 03-26-2012, 05:42 PM   #15
 
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Jungle 5 in one test strip and api products ammonia kit it was all that my petsmart had in stock
When you take your water to be tested, do they use the strips? (my petsmart does too.)

Those strips are pretty useless.. If it came down to me only having them, I think I'd rather use nothing at all. (since they can give you a false sense of security.)

I would say you definately have ammonia. Up the water changes and keep it up until fish stop dying and the algae goes away. You might also need to dose some sort of fertiliser to keep the plants alive.
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Old 03-26-2012, 05:45 PM   #16
 
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Your tanks have not been established long enough to create enough bacteria to breakdown the waste from the fish or food.

I see that you only have live plants in one tank...this can very well be showing no nitrates with the live plants absorbing the ammonia before it converts to nitrite / nitrate.

The other tanks, I suspect are still cycling and as such have the ammonia level may increase before you see nitrites and then nitrates.

I am a little concerned though that you have no readings for anything in the tanks.

Are all three tanks planted with live plants or just the 10g?
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Old 03-26-2012, 05:48 PM   #17
 
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Have a look here for an article regarding cycling of your tanks if you do not understand this.
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Old 03-26-2012, 06:31 PM   #18
 
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I have had all three tanks set up since the 8th of march approximately
5g now has 2 glowfish one snail

10 g has 8 female guppies, one wisteria 2 bunches of water onion and a plastic crystal ball small one

29g has 6 tetras 5 male guppies

What type of lights do you have incandescent or florescent? Wattage? I would think that plants would be enough for that size of tank, but it might not have enough light or nutrients.
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Old 03-26-2012, 06:34 PM   #19
 
here are pictures of the tanks after some changes today
the changes were I removed dead plants and put in new ones and removed the weird white rock in my 29 g tank ( did a vinegar test on a piece of it and it looked like you used about ten alkaceltzer tabs in the water) so I took it out and am gonna get new gravel tonight. cleaned algae off of 5 and 10 gal glass.
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Old 03-26-2012, 06:37 PM   #20
 
I have flourecent it all three tanks the wattage and all that is under the aquariums tab by my name. I updated the info
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