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post #21 of 266 Old 01-04-2014, 09:20 PM Thread Starter
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Fish are swimming normally not gasping or hiding they're actually schooling together
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post #22 of 266 Old 01-06-2014, 10:48 PM Thread Starter
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Ok so I tested water today readings were
Ph : 6.6
Ammonia :0 ppm
Nitrite: 0.50ppm
Nitrate: 5.0ppm

My friend (who's keeping my clown loach for the moment ) got a sponge in her filter to catch some beneficial bacteria to add to my tank I hope that works I'll go for it sunday

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Thanks for the update, Carlos!
That will certainly help - please let us know how it goes? :)
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Ok so today's test ph went down same as nitrate we still having nitrite but less than yesterday

Ph:6.0
Ammonia:0ppm
Nitrite:0.25ppm
Nitrate:0ppm

I tested twice just to make sure I have the correct readings especially In ph is it normal to have the ph that low ?
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post #25 of 266 Old 01-07-2014, 11:19 PM Thread Starter
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Btw fish are swimming normally no sings of gasping or need of air as before and no deaths I've been adding prime daily 5x the recommended dose I'm adding all this info in case someone is researching for the same problem it has happened to me that I start reading on what Google gives me and they just cut the info on the treatment so just for all those beginner hobbyist out there I hope it can work for someone else

Again thanks for all your tips :)
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post #26 of 266 Old 01-09-2014, 10:41 PM Thread Starter
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Hi everyone today I tested the water and nitrite shows 0 it looks like I have ammonia now .25ppm water change day is this Saturday I'll do a 25% or should I do it tomorrow because of the ammonia? on other readings ph shows 6.0 and nitrate 0ppm

Im still adding prime daily but why is the ammonia raising now ? I look around the tank there's nothing dead plants nor fish and no food left overs that I can see is this normal ?

I think this tank has a Curse lol the person who sold it to me told me that he lost his fish due to ich and now It seems like it will never be stable I had a 55 gallons in the other apartment that I was living and I didn't struggle with it a friend gave it to me he just quit the hobby maybe it's because the tank was stable and I used the same equipment he had running in the tank

Well I'm trying to not give up but it's starting to frustrate me I've never been into something like this with my betta tanks and the biggest are 5 gal which as someone told me should be harder to maintain I hope this ends soon

Thanks for your help:)
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post #27 of 266 Old 01-09-2014, 10:46 PM
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do water change sooner rather than later.just keep doing what you are doing. it will eventually cycle.
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post #28 of 266 Old 01-10-2014, 01:17 AM
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Don't give up!!! Once it DOES establish, it'll be smooth sailing! Did you get the extra sponge filter media from your friend in there yet? I hope you're through soon - patience is the most important part of this hobby - and the most difficult! Hang in there! And as Sandy said - keep doing what you're doing. . .
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post #29 of 266 Old 01-10-2014, 08:32 AM Thread Starter
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Ok I didn't have the chance to do it last night I just came from work and tested water since I have to wake up early I just couldn't but I'll do it once I get home
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post #30 of 266 Old 01-10-2014, 10:49 PM Thread Starter
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I changed water today about 30 gallons and added prime again 5x the dose I tested the water before doing the water change and readings were the same ammonia was about .25ppm I'll let it run for 24 hrs and test water tomorrow when I get back from work
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