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Old 09-29-2010, 07:13 PM   #1
 
Weird Readings.

On the weekend I had a reading for ammonia and a reading for nitrites. Nothing for nitrates.

I did have a peak of ammonia and it went down, and then I had one of nitrites, and it went down but was still there.

On the weekend I had some about 3.0 nitrites and 1 ammonia.

I ended up getting a seeded sponge on Sunday and had it running. I did a reading today and here is what I got.

Nitrates 0
Ammonia 1 - 1.5
Nitrites 0.

Since yesterday Nitrites have fell to nothing.

Is this normal when you added a seeded sponge??
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Old 09-30-2010, 03:31 AM   #2
 
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well i would guess this is a newly cycled tank.ammonia will spike in the first 2 weeks of a new tank set up then you'll get a nitrite spike for 2 weeks after the ammonia spike then finally as those 2 go down the nitrates will apear. how many weeks has the tank been cycling? have you done any water changes recently. what kit are you using and how old is it?
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Old 09-30-2010, 07:58 AM   #3
 
The test kit is new, well 3 weeks old.

The tank is going on it's fifth week.

I did have readings of both on Saturday, and before that they both hit their peeks.

Sunday I put the new used sponge in there, Tuesday I had readings of both, and yesterday I had only a reading of ammonia.

That is why it is weird to me.

I do have alot of plants in there, cabomba, java fern, anuabias, and cryts. Maybe the plants are using the nitrates up too fast to get a reading?

I did a water change on Friday before I took my stuff in to get tested.
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Old 09-30-2010, 10:34 AM   #4
 
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well maybe you should test the water first before you test it.the readings are more acurate coz new water will give a different reading cause it other contains chemicals.plus do you only have a single sponge? if you have only one then you should wash it with old tank water and re-use it coz it contains good bacteria and it helps with changing nitrite to nitrate.
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Old 09-30-2010, 11:18 AM   #5
 
Actually I have two pumps on it. I have An aquaclear 50 and a top fin 30. The newer one has a filter in it from an established tank.

Saturday I had readings, Sunday I had readings, Monday and Tuesday, and then yesterday no nitrites. I suppose I will see how much nitrates are taken out by plants. Maybe that is it. I don't really know, it's the first time I ever had live plants in a tank.
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Old 09-30-2010, 11:49 AM   #6
 
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well live plants only do good for the tank unless you let it die and rot in the tank
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