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post #11 of 17 Old 05-22-2012, 01:33 PM
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tested water with tetratest laborett ph-7.5 kh-4 german gh-5 nitrite- <0.3mg/l ammonia- 0.25mg/l .the ammonia seems high but i did a 25% wc 2 hours ago with prime. does that seem right?
Would reduce feeding's to once,every other day, and about half a dime size amount or less, until the tank has cycled .
Would also see that no one else is feeding the fish other than you.?
Could be combination of excess food and or waste contributing to ammonia levels.
Be sure not to clean the filter material in anything but dechlorinated water or old aquarium water you take out during water change.
If you don't over feed,then filter material shouldn't need cleaning very often if at all, while the tank is cycling.
Number's indicate the tank is maturing and you will know when ammonia and nitrites read zero for three or four consecutive day;s and some reading for nitrAtes appear's.

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post #12 of 17 Old 05-22-2012, 01:37 PM
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Prime screws up the test results - tomorrow's readings will tell us the state of the cycle.

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Would reduce feeding's to once,every other day, and about half a dime size amount or less, until the tank has cycled .
Would also see that no one else is feeding the fish other than you.?
Could be combination of excess food and or waste contributing to ammonia levels.
Be sure not to clean the filter material in anything but dechlorinated water or old aquarium water you take out during water change.
If you don't over feed,then filter material shouldn't need cleaning very often if at all, while the tank is cycling.
Number's indicate the tank is maturing and you will know when ammonia and nitrites read zero for three or four consecutive day;s and some reading for nitrAtes appear's.
roger that -1 small feeding daily thanks
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Prime screws up the test results - tomorrow's readings will tell us the state of the cycle.
yes-tomorrow ill test again thank you. and once more, im sorry. that wasnt me, that was a frustrated me.
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Prime screws up the test results - tomorrow's readings will tell us the state of the cycle.
Yes ,depending on type of test kit,Prime can give false positive for ammonia, but I have not heard of,or expierienced Prime affecting nitrite reading's.
Theyr'e either there,or they ain't.

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Yes ,depending on type of test kit,Prime can give false positive for ammonia, but I have not heard of,or expierienced Prime affecting nitrite reading's.
Theyr'e either there,or they ain't.

True, I was only thinking of ammonia as that's what the OP seemed concerned about.

The nitrites are pretty low - I would hold off on the daily water changes for a few days, dosing with prime every day. Then do a water change, then test again.

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True, I was only thinking of ammonia as that's what the OP seemed concerned about.

The nitrites are pretty low - I would hold off on the daily water changes for a few days, dosing with prime every day. Then do a water change, then test again.
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