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Day 3 test results. What do you think?
Old 03-05-2008, 10:30 PM   #1
 
Day 3 test results. What do you think?

Nitrate 0
Nitrite .5
Hardeness 75
Alkalin 40
pH 7.2

This test was done with the strips.

So what do I need to do?
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Old 03-05-2008, 10:51 PM   #2
 
You need a liquid kit. You should know your Ammonia as well.

Right now, you wait untill you have 0 Ammonia, Nitrites and Nitrates under 10ppm. You probably still have a lot of ammonia.
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Old 03-05-2008, 10:55 PM   #3
 
walmart didnt have the liquid kit and I was curious so I bought the strips. I have some mollies, platies, and danios in it. The water is a little cloudy. I did my first water change tonight.
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Old 03-05-2008, 10:59 PM   #4
 
The cloudiness is from the bacteria build-up, since your tank is new. I personally wouldn't have added any fish in the tank untill you have a stable tank.
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Old 03-05-2008, 11:03 PM   #5
 
But since I did what should I do? or what would you do with removing the fish?
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Old 03-06-2008, 05:09 AM   #6
 
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You don't have a Petco or Petsmart around? Even then, see if you can't order one off Dr Foster and Smith. You have way too many fish in there for cycling. If you don't have another tank (away from any other fish you have) to put them in and you can't take them back to where you got them then expect a couple to die. I guess you could try doing small water changes every day, I don't know if that will be enough to keep the ammonia down while letting the other bacteria start up with that many fish though.

I think the worst thing is herefishy gave you the advice to put danios in (and not more than 4), you said you would and now here you are with mollies, platies, and danios and unless I'm misunderstanding, you only have 1 danio and 3 platies and I'm assuming since you used mollies in the plural sense then well, that brings you up to at least 6 fish which will lead to New Tank Syndrome and something probably dying off but I hope not and maybe this will be a lesson to you to actually listen to what advice you are given.
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Old 03-06-2008, 09:52 AM   #7
 
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You don't have a Petco or Petsmart around? Even then, see if you can't order one off Dr Foster and Smith. You have way too many fish in there for cycling. If you don't have another tank (away from any other fish you have) to put them in and you can't take them back to where you got them then expect a couple to die. I guess you could try doing small water changes every day, I don't know if that will be enough to keep the ammonia down while letting the other bacteria start up with that many fish though.

I think the worst thing is herefishy gave you the advice to put danios in (and not more than 4), you said you would and now here you are with mollies, platies, and danios and unless I'm misunderstanding, you only have 1 danio and 3 platies and I'm assuming since you used mollies in the plural sense then well, that brings you up to at least 6 fish which will lead to New Tank Syndrome and something probably dying off but I hope not and maybe this will be a lesson to you to actually listen to what advice you are given.
That was a typo I have 3 danios and then my gf comes home with 2 plays and a molly, so I had no choice.
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Old 03-06-2008, 04:29 PM   #8
 
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I'm just going to say that you did actually have a choice (put the fish in the tank and make gf happy or send them back and make her mad?). So, I hope you'll learn from this that sometimes you just have to say no (I've gotten good practice at this every time hubby wants to buy some crazy fish for my tank).

In the meantime, you will need to track down a liquid test kit, test the water on a daily basis and start praying because odds are your ammonia is about to go through the roof.
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Old 03-06-2008, 04:36 PM   #9
 
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As was stated get a liquid test kit and test daily for ammonia and nitrites. You will need to do frequent water changes to keep the ammonia and nitrites at a bearable level for the fish but this may lengthen the time it takes to cycle your tank.
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Old 03-06-2008, 05:48 PM   #10
 
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At this point, even without a test kit, I would start doing at least a 25% water change every day. When, if, you get a proper test kit, you may be able to back off a little. With that many fish I would have to expect the test kit to indicate at least that much change and maybe more to get the water quality good. All water added as partial water changes needs to be treated with dechlorinator and needs to be the same temperature as the water in the tank in order to minimize the stress of the water change itself.
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