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Are these aquarium measurments bad?

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Are these aquarium measurments bad?
Old 07-20-2009, 11:13 AM   #1
 
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I tested my water with my API Freshwater liquid test kit and came up with these results.

Ammonia: about .10
Nitrites: 3 Worried about this ammount!
Nitrates: 10

I have 2 albino corys and 1 neon tetra (I'm not going to bother with getting more, they're way to fragile)

I'm worried about my nitries.

BTW My tank is still cycling
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Old 07-21-2009, 08:23 AM   #2
 
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I always use a biological preparation when setting up a new tank (or resetting an existing tank). "Cycle" (Hagen/Nutrafin) and "Stability" (Seachem) have worked for me. They quickstart the bacteria and ease stress on fish. Impossible to overdose. And they do work, in my experience.
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Old 07-21-2009, 03:47 PM   #3
 
bacteria is impossible to overdose but if there's not enough food for them they will die. Since you have fish, adding bacteria will help your tank reach equilibrium, however, if your cycled with 2 fish adding more fish will create a minicycle so you should dose a little cycle or stress zyme or another similar product with new fish.

Do a water change every couple of days to keep the nitrite levels in check.
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