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post #11 of 16 Old 03-18-2010, 05:32 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the help but I just don't have time to work on my tank for the most part. Saturday morning my grandmother had a heart attack and my grandfather is been in the hospital for a while so I am house sitting and watching their dog for them so my fishies have taken a back seat. They are all alive but I just haven't been able to do more than feed them. Thanks for the tips I will definately listen when I have the time.
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post #12 of 16 Old 03-19-2010, 04:59 AM
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sorry to hear that news.
thoughts to you and your family.
we'll still be here for you,when the time is right.

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #13 of 16 Old 03-20-2010, 03:07 PM Thread Starter
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Finally got some time to work on my tank today did a much needed water change of about 50-60%. I also went out and got one of those master test kits.

PH - 7.8
Ammonia - 4.0 ppm
Nitrite - 5.0 ppm
Nitrate - 40 ppm

That is estimates to the colors. But is that bad and if so what should I do about it?
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post #14 of 16 Old 03-20-2010, 03:44 PM
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Finally got some time to work on my tank today did a much needed water change of about 50-60%. I also went out and got one of those master test kits.

PH - 7.8
Ammonia - 4.0 ppm
Nitrite - 5.0 ppm
Nitrate - 40 ppm

That is estimates to the colors. But is that bad and if so what should I do about it?
These were your results AFTER the water change?? If so, you need to do another water change, pronto.

If you don't stand up for something you'll fall for anything...
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post #15 of 16 Old 03-20-2010, 06:47 PM
You may need to check your source water too, let it degas for 24h with an airstone for an accurate pH, but the ammonia, nitrite, nitrate can be checked as drawn, also shake the heck out of the reagents, give them a bang on the table and shake some more...being new bottles they tend to settle and you will get inaccurate reading at first....do you have fish in this tank or are you doing a fishless cycle, if so, how are they looking?
With fish...keep doing water changes until you get 0ppm ammonia and nitrite...nitrate 5-10ppm...your pH looks fine

Also, family come first...I hope you grandmother has improved or at least stabilized......
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post #16 of 16 Old 03-20-2010, 06:54 PM
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Also, family come first...I hope you grandmother has improved or at least stabilized......
Yes, family is always first. I also hope your grandmother is doing better.

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