01-08-2013, 12:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Chesherca
Really happy to hear that at least one of them is eating! I'm sure the other will come around soon - she's probably just settling in still.
It's TERRIBLE that it's coming from your tapwater! Ug. I've found that we get nitrates in our tapwater during certain times of the year - like in the spring when everyone is ferting their gardens, and we get a lot of rain, but never had traces of ammonia or nitrites *knocks on wood* Prime, when dosed at 5x the normal strength will bind it, but only for a short time - 24 to 48 hours, and if you want plants you need ferts, so that won't work long-term. I think any amount is detrimental to the animals, though obviously in lower amounts it isn't *AS* terrible - it's still not okay. You might want to look into duckweed again - I know it's a PITA, but there is nothing better for removing toxins from water. Maybe just keep it contained in a net or something, so it doesn't clog your filters, but still cleans the water for the fish? I wonder if contacting the water people would do you any good? Probably not . . .
Wait a min at 5x the normal strength?? Like 5x the normal amount for a given tank size?? HOLY CRAP!
I thought the normal dose would detoxify it for 24-48 hours?
On a different note Puffer tank parameters are as follows:
NH3= .0-.25 (yeah less them my 10 gallon??)
N03= 5-10 (There again less.)
So whats the difference?? The amount of water, the plants and filters. My thinking here is I need faster going plants and more of them. I have a sponge filter on my 10 maybe I need a different type of filter as well? Yeah Duckweed is a PITA plant. I HATE IT!!!! Posted via Mobile Device