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Water tested everything! What do I do?
Old 05-07-2010, 06:31 PM   #1
 
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Question Water tested everything! What do I do?

Tap Water
PH 7.6
Hr PH 7.8
Ammo .50 ppm
Nitrites 0 ppm
Nitrates 0 ppm

10 Gallon overstocked, planted tank 2-3 50% water changes per week
Currently 83 degrees
PH 7.6
Hr PH 8.0
Ammo .25 ppm
Nitrites 5 ppm
Nitrates 10 ppm

55 Gallon cycling, lightly planted, no fish
Currently 79 Degrees
PH 7.6
hr PH 7.4
Ammo 0 ppm
Nitrites 0 ppm
Nitrates 0 ppm

The 55 has been cycling for a couple weeks now, with media, plants and gravel from a cycled tank. Is it okay to transfer my 10 Gallon community over to that one? I'm debating on drift wood, how much could I expect my PH to fall? <2 lbs wood for 55 gallons. Do I even want it to fall? Help?

Also do you have stocking suggestions for the 55 gallon? I am not a fan of cichlids or aggressive fish.
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Old 05-08-2010, 12:41 AM   #2
 
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I think you should begin moving a few fish to the larger aquarium. It will help it to cycle, and will remove some of your biolad from the smaller tank. If I was getting 5.0 ppm nitrite readings, I'd be doing 50% changes repetitively until I could get a reading of less than 1.0. I'm hoping you might have missed a decimal there, like that it's actually 0.5?

As to stocking that 55-gallon goes, the sky's the limit for you! If I were you, I might look at some of the bigger gouramis (Kissing gouramis and Blue Gouramis are two species that jump to mind as being very tolerant of water with a relatively high pH), a school of clown loaches, and maybe a couple trios of Bleher's rainbowfish. 2-3 SAEs might come in handy, as well.
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Old 05-08-2010, 01:36 AM   #3
 
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If I was getting 5.0 ppm nitrite readings, I'd be doing 50% changes repetitively until I could get a reading of less than 1.0. I'm hoping you might have missed a decimal there, like that it's actually 0.5? .
Big changes are the plan of the day for Saturday. THe rock is out of the tank and I've got my buckets lined up lol.

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2-3 SAEs might come in handy, as well.
SAEs? What does that stand for? I'm going to do some research on The Guarmis, rainbows, and loaches you suggested. Thank you
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Old 05-08-2010, 02:06 PM   #4
 
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Sorry! SAE = Siamese Algae Eater.
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Old 05-08-2010, 04:40 PM   #5
 
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Unhappy Discovered the issue with the ten gallon!

Turns out, not only did I have a batch of dead fry, my kids have been feeding the fish at five in the morning.

I just finished a huge water change and could not believe how much refuse and fish flakes were floating about. As I siphened off the bottom, kicking the gravel around, I kicked up about ten dead fry. They were way early. The mama probably had those early because of the conditions.

SO, I did about 70% water change. After watching the existing filter miss all the stuff floating, I decided to go big. I have my 350 biowheel on the front of the tank. The five Platy and em. cats are moved to the big tank and left 5 molly/guppies. That should ease the bio load and distribute the pending fry more evenly. I'm going to run my huge filter with redundant filters for another couple of hours then do another test and possible another water change. Oh and I pulled the big rock out of there.

After water change & before big filter, and fish removal:
PH 7.4 down
Ammonia .25 ppm same
Nitrite 5.0 ppm same
Nitrate 80 ppm (It was up 70 ppm from yesterday's 10 AFTER the water change according to my math, the test kit doesn't even go as high as it probably was.)

Will test again this evening. Wish me luck
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Old 05-08-2010, 04:42 PM   #6
 
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Second question: Fertilizer for the plants. What should I use? Should I use it? Will affect my levels?
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Old 05-08-2010, 04:48 PM   #7
 
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Second question: Fertilizer for the plants. What should I use? Should I use it? Will affect my levels?
Based on those nitrate readings, there should be no need for fertilizer at this time!
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Old 05-08-2010, 04:49 PM   #8
 
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Second question: Fertilizer for the plants. What should I use? Should I use it? Will affect my levels?

Do you know what kind of plants you plan on keeping?? Based on what you decide, we can recommend different kinds of ferts.

Stem plants and rooted plants depend on two different kinds of ferts. Stem plants rely on the water column for their nutrients, which means you'll need a liquid fertilizer. Seachem's "Flourish Comprehensive" is widely recommened by all the members on here.

Rooted plants, such as crypts and swords rely on a gravel based fert. Seachem also makes "root tabs" that you imbed in your gravel and replace every 3 months or so.

So if you end up going with say, sword plants and vals, you'll need both the comrehensive liquid fert and the root tabs.

Those are the two I use. I dose my tank weekly with the liquid fert. Both have worked great in my tank without affecting the parameters
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Old 05-08-2010, 04:51 PM   #9
 
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I would try to change some of your filter media. If you are still getting the same readings AFTER a 70% water change, I suspect there's a major constant contributor. I also worry that the existing biofilter may have crashed.

One other question for you: have you tested your tap water for nitrite?
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Old 05-08-2010, 04:56 PM   #10
 
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good point,

what does your tap water test at?? I never thought it coud be an issue and one day i was bored and tested mine, my tap water a natural reading of 10ppm....

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