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Old 06-21-2012, 11:39 PM   #1
 
Too Good To Be True?

I was wondering if anyone could shed some light on where my new tank might be at cycling wise.
Its a 4' 50 gallon with and eheim pro 6 filter, 3 small guppies, 1 platy and 10 lemon tetras, plus some plants of which some are growing very well water sprite, ambulia and the stuff on the right (pic attached to help show what I mean). Its been set up for about 3 & 1/2 weeks now with the platy and guppies initially and the tetras for one week now.

Sooooo.....

I finally got my testing kit and tested the water for the last 2 days and got 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite and 0 nitrate for yesterday and today. I would have thought that I would have some nitrate in the water.

Is this too good to be true? Are the plants really that good at soaking up the N?
Is it time to add more of the fish I want?

Btw I do about 10% water change every 3 days. I also got some water from the lps and tested that - around 20 ppm nitrate so the kit appears to be working.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 06-21-2012, 11:46 PM   #2
 
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It is really possible that you have no Nitrate. Plants do, do a very good at soaking it up.

With the water changes as well, it can be reduced to zero and the tank is nowhere near overstocked, so the bioload is not very big either.
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Old 06-22-2012, 05:45 AM   #3
 
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Ya I have all zeros in my planted tank with a very similar fish to plant ratio that you have so its not hard to imagine yours has zeros too, enjoy it!
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Old 06-22-2012, 11:28 AM   #4
 
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I concur with Tazman and Varkolak. Plants really are a blessing, which sometimes we only realize after getting them.

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Old 06-22-2012, 02:20 PM   #5
 
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You've got live plants and minimal bio-load there so it sure is possible. Great looking tank btw
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Old 06-22-2012, 09:42 PM   #6
 
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Just want to say your tank is so peaceful looking--so relaxing just looking at it! I bet the fish love it.
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Old 06-22-2012, 10:00 PM   #7
 
Thanks for the advice and compliments
I knew live plants are generally good but didn't realize they were this good!
Guess its time to start thinking about adding the next species. Neons I recon
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Old 06-23-2012, 01:00 PM   #8
 
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Thanks for the advice and compliments
I knew live plants are generally good but didn't realize they were this good!
Guess its time to start thinking about adding the next species. Neons I recon
What are your water parameters, meaning GH (general hardness) and pH?
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Old 06-23-2012, 04:49 PM   #9
 
Alas I dont know the harndess figures for my water. Have a trip to the big smoke comming up and aim to snag some kits then. I can say that it is rain water from our roof though so prolly fairly soft, ph 6.8-7.
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Alas I dont know the harndess figures for my water. Have a trip to the big smoke comming up and aim to snag some kits then. I can say that it is rain water from our roof though so prolly fairly soft, ph 6.8-7.
That will be fine for tetra and such, but your livebearers (I see guppy and platy in the photo) will not be too happy. If you are using rainwater, it will almost certainly be soft, and the pH will be acidic.
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