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post #51 of 266 Old 01-13-2014, 07:44 PM
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8.0 is the ph in the bucket I haven't test my tank I'll do it after cooking dinner
My tapwater ph is over8.0 and my plants and fish do fine. I only grow fast growing, easy plants though so maybe somthing more demanding would not do so well for me. Live plants will help keep ammonia down, and therefore nitrite and nitrate will also be reduced. I just started keeping live plants in my tanks about 2-3 months ago and the effect on my weekly test results is significant. Test in mycichlid tank used to read10-20 a week after water changes, now its 0-5. Only thing different is the live plants... same fish, same food , same water. I always heard plants were good but didn't know that they're THAT good. I use anacharis, hornwort, and java fern.
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post #52 of 266 Old 01-13-2014, 07:53 PM
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the shells will be fine. you can put them in the filter if you have room for them.
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post #53 of 266 Old 01-13-2014, 09:39 PM Thread Starter
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Ok I added the shells to the filter tested water ph stills 6.0 Ammonia is .25 ppm nitrite .25ppm and nitrate 5.0 I ordered the hardness test on amazon once it gets here I'll use it to let you know the results it's been hard but I've been trying not to quit I want to thank everyone in here that's been helping me out specially Chesh who's been telling me to not give up

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you have a few other tanks,correct? what does the ph test at in those?
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post #55 of 266 Old 01-14-2014, 10:17 PM Thread Starter
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I'm so sorry sandy I thought I answered your question but I found out that I didn't about ph in my other tanks the three where I have Indian almond leaves are at 6.0 and a 2.5 gal that I have to grow plants with no IAL is at 7.2

The bucket with water stayed at 8.0

My tank test showed the same 6.0 ph .25ppm ammonia 0 nitrite 5.0 nitrate

I'm still adding prime I added the shells to the filter I didn't know if I should crush them or not so I crushed some and throw some others complete
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post #56 of 266 Old 01-15-2014, 11:39 AM
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At 6.0pH, all of that is ammonium. What I can't figure is where does the nitrite come from.

I didn't read too far back. Is Rickey on this thread?
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At 6.0pH, all of that is ammonium. What I can't figure is where does the nitrite come from.

I didn't read too far back. Is Rickey on this thread?
I haven't seen a Rickey In this thread

About ph the 6.0 is in my betta tanks where I keep IAL tap water comes with about an 8.0 ph I contacted the city trying to figure out the hardness of the water they seem to not have any idea on what I was talking about I told them that my water tests showed the presence of nitrite they just told me to not drink from that water unless I have a carbonated filter

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post #58 of 266 Old 01-15-2014, 12:58 PM
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That reflects a callousness and lack of consideration and courtesy bordering on the criminal.


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Hey, Hal! I hear ya. . . it's a bit of a mess, isn't it? Poor Carlos. . . *hugs* Hang in there!!!
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post #60 of 266 Old 01-15-2014, 02:31 PM
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So glad to have fresh, pure, drinkable water coming out of my tap! I could be wrong, but I don't think carbon will remove nitrites. Be sure to treat your water with prime , and I wouldn't drink it- filtered or not. My brother says nitrite can get into tapwater when trees roots infiltrate the supply pipes.
All it takes to cycle a tank is time and patience. I've waited as long as six weeks for a full cycle, so hang in there... your probaly close to the end. Once the bacteria colonies get established they are very efficient at processing ammonia and nitrite. Adding live plants too soon will use up nutrients that could be used to build bacteria colonies.
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