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Water Test Results. Should i be Worried?
Old 06-18-2009, 02:31 PM   #1
 
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I just took a water sample of my 10gallon freshwater tank and I was a little concerned with the results... They read out like this:

NitrAte- 40 [[in the safe area of my labels]]
NitrIte- 0 [[in the safe area of my labels]]
Hardness- 75 [[in the soft area of my labels]]
Alkalinity- 0 [[in the low area of my labels]]
pH- 6.2 [[in the acidic area of my labels]]

i am worried about the pH.

the fish in my tank currently are:
1 blackskirt tetra (i think shes a female)

the only reason i am concerned is because i had a goldfish that i bought from Petco for 13cents since Easter, and she died 3 weeks ago. I know goldfish are veeeeeeeeeery hardy and so i was concerned. After she died, i did a 25% water change and my test results have been coming out like this. I just don't know what to do.

I was hoping to go to Petco and buy an Algea Eater, possibly a Pleco, and some more stock, such as some Marble Mollies or Mickey Mouse Platys. but seeing my results i dont know if it would be safe to buy them.

All of the plants that are in my tank are real, and i have a large rock i found on the side of the road. My filter is a Whisper 10-30i Internal with 115volts 80hz.

Any help is appreciated.

Guppy.
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Old 06-18-2009, 03:02 PM   #2
 
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Well, for your tetra, I would't worry so much about the pH, they prefer 6-8. Try doing another water change, maybe like 30%. Re-test and see what your nitrate levels are at. Also, do you have a test for ammonia?? If not, get one and test your water, this could be why your fish died, ammonia poisoning.

As for an algae eater, how big is your tank? If it's 10-40, I wouldn't get a pleco, they get too big. Try some corys, or otos. Do the same job and they are smaller, which means more of other fish. You may have to take some steps toward raising you pH.

As for your other fish you want, you will need to raise it to about 7
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Old 06-18-2009, 03:03 PM   #3
 
Go get the API master test kit. You need to test for Ammonia. You also want a liquid test kit. If you are using the dip strips they are pretty much garbage. I would not worry about ph until you test with a better kit and get a reliable reading.
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Old 06-18-2009, 03:03 PM   #4
 
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In my understanding--and I'm no expert on this--but a steady pH is more important than a high or low pH. In other words, most fish can adapt to most pH levels, but sudden swings in pH can harm them.
And, also, I think that mollies are actually one of the few fish who really don't do well in acidic water, so you might want to avoid them.
But, according to this site, the preferred pH for black skirt tetras is 6 to 7.5, so you're in a good range (that's from Black Skirt Tetra - Gymnocorymbus ternetzi).
But that site also says, for the minimum tanks size for black skirts: "Tank Size : 20 gallons (114 liters) - a schooling fish and should be kept in groups of 5 or more."
So, if you get this guy (girl?) a proper school of tetra buddies, you'd be pretty fully stocked in a 10. I only mention it. because you talked about getting a pleco, and I almost did the same thing once, until I found out how big they get. The common pleco can grow to be two feet long. There are other types of pleco that stay smaller, so just make sure you research which one you buy.

[Edit: lol--my post got ninja'd :) what they said ^]
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Old 06-18-2009, 03:26 PM   #5
 
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Okay, thanks. I do use strips, because i don't have $40 to spend on a fish testing kit. I have had the Tetra for a while now and shes been alone and with some goldfish, but I never really saw the idea of having her with another Tetra. I was thinking of investing some money into another Tetra for a pal, and then some mollies. I am going to take a sample of my water up to Petco (despite the fact the idiots at petco dont really know anything. they told me that i cant keep two guppies together in a 10gallon because it would be overcrowded xD) and see what the readings are. I might then invest in some Danios maybe instead of the Platys and then some mollies. I dont really know as of now.


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Old 06-18-2009, 04:49 PM   #6
 
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Okay, thanks. I do use strips, because i don't have $40 to spend on a fish testing kit. I have had the Tetra for a while now and shes been alone and with some goldfish, but I never really saw the idea of having her with another Tetra. I was thinking of investing some money into another Tetra for a pal, and then some mollies. I am going to take a sample of my water up to Petco (despite the fact the idiots at petco dont really know anything. they told me that i cant keep two guppies together in a 10gallon because it would be overcrowded xD) and see what the readings are. I might then invest in some Danios maybe instead of the Platys and then some mollies. I dont really know as of now.


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GCM

lmao petco failed there

stocin ideas sound good to me. and thats also good if you dont wanna spend the money o a test kit
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Old 06-19-2009, 09:41 AM   #7
 
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Following up on previous advice, you should get a good liquid test kit; it will last for months and is worth the money. Not knowing your water parameters makes it harder to stock a tank. Livebearers (guppies, mollies, platys, swordtails) do not do well in acidic water as previously mentioned. Tetras and most South American and SE Asian fish do thrive in acidic water, but many of them are shoaling fish that should be kept in groups depending upon the species.

You should test your tap water so you'll know the ph of the water you use for weekly partial water changes; if it is also slightly acidic, you probably have no worries; but if it is alkaline (above pH 7) and it drops to 6.2 in your tank, you should fnd out why.

Goldfish and tropical fish do not mix for several reasons, one being temperature. Do you have a heater, and what is the tank temperature?
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Old 06-19-2009, 11:24 AM   #8
 
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Here's a link for the least expensive API test kit that I've found:

API Freshwater Master Test Kit, Test Kits | Pet Solutions
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Old 06-19-2009, 01:13 PM   #9
 
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Here's a link for the least expensive API test kit that I've found:

API Freshwater Master Test Kit, Test Kits | Pet Solutions

The link doesn't work :P
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Old 06-19-2009, 02:31 PM   #10
 
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I did a copy/paste, not sure why it didn't work.

Go to: www.petsolutions.com

Look for test kits under aquarium supplies and you'll find the API master test kit for $ 17.99.
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