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post #11 of 17 Old 04-14-2007, 11:24 AM
I killed 5 guppies and 10 neons trying to set up a new tank. I think we all havee killed a fish at least once from learning. I learned not to learn with saltwater fish.
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post #12 of 17 Old 04-14-2007, 01:57 PM
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Well it is a learning process. It does sound like you did things right because the spots are gone.

Also don't feel bad about the test strips. I used them as I stated and did a lot of work because of them. Always thinking my numbers were worse than they were and doing 2-3 50% water changes a week because of it. Come to find out it was stressing them out worse than the levels might have.

I wish it was as easy as reading a book but unless you get the best book out there they don't cover enough of the options to really help you be prepeared for the hobby as a whole.
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post #13 of 17 Old 04-15-2007, 09:54 AM Thread Starter
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I bought the liquid test :)

Results are a bit different:

pH 6.6

Ammonia 0

Nitrites 2

Nitrates 10 (a lot of shaking on this one vial)

So what do I do next?

Also, do I rinse the vials with just water?

Thanks.
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post #14 of 17 Old 04-17-2007, 09:40 PM Thread Starter
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Two days later the values are almost identical :(

pH 6.4
Ammonia 0
Nitrites 2
Nitrates 10

Question: Is a water change necessary at this point, or would it be detrimental?

The guppies and clowns are fine, by the way.
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post #15 of 17 Old 04-17-2007, 10:18 PM
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Do a water change.:) Not doing so can prove detrimental to the fish. Clowns are often the ones that get sensitive with nitrites.

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post #16 of 17 Old 04-22-2007, 01:43 PM Thread Starter
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Do a water change.:) Not doing so can prove detrimental to the fish. Clowns are often the ones that get sensitive with nitrites.

Thank you Blue, I did.

Yesterday I tested the water again and finally some improvement :)

pH 6.6
Ammonia 0
Nitrites 0.5
Nitrates 20

Thanks again for the guidance. :)
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post #17 of 17 Old 04-25-2007, 09:00 PM Thread Starter
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Final Chapter!

I am happy to report that my tank has finally cycled!!! :)

pH 6.6
Ammonia 0
Nitrites 0
Nitrates 10

Yippee!

Thank you all for your help, especially Blue. This forum has thought me everything I know.

My guppies thank you too :)

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