Ok tank stats....Tank Started on April 10th. 55 Gal tank, Aqua-Tech 30/60 and Emperor 400 Filter, 4 Glow Light Tetra, 3 Zebras, 4 Neon Tetra, tank temp ranges between 66-68 degree
As of about about 2 weeks ago I got an API liquid Test kit, been testing my tank and doing water changes, these are the readings I have got...
PH NitRITE NitRATE Amonia
7/7.5 5 40 >.25 (using test strips)
7.6 1 5 0
7.2-7.5 5 10 0
7.6 1 0 0
After each test I did about a 10/12 gallon water change and after 3rd test I gravel siphoned about a 1 ft part of tank.
My question is, what can I do to get my ph to lower, and why are my nitrite and nitrates going up and down so bad?! Back about 3 weeks ago I did have a spike in Ammonia and it went back down and about a week after that my nitrates went way up but then I was still using test strips
Just before I got my liquid kit I was using good ole strips and my nitRATE was up to 40, so I cut off feeding for a day and then cut back to one feed a day. I would say Im not over feeding by any chance, I give them just a lil bit of finely ground flake food and they tear it up and look for more. All of my fish are very active and appear to have the same color as the day that I bought them. I did have 2 bala sharks which have both since died the last one between my 1st results above and my 2nd test.
Anyone have any advice for me or am I just hitting the panic button? Thanks!!!!