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Old 02-04-2012, 03:27 AM   #31
 
I'm afraid the ammonia should be at zero, a reading of one is harmful for the fish. They might look okay now, but you will have more losses soon if you don't get this sorted. Your tank is not cycled, and you should NOT add any more fish until the ammonia is zero, the nitrite is zero and the nitrate level is rising.
Your ammonia will continue to increase, and it is highly toxic to fish, then you will get a spike of nitrite when bacteria establish to convert the ammonia into nitrite - nitrite is also highly toxic to fish and should always be at zero. Then further bacteria will develop to convert the nitrite into nitrate, which is not nearly as toxic. At this point you will have ammonia - 0, nitrite - 0 and nitrate - above zero. Then you will know that your tank is cycled.
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Old 02-04-2012, 07:51 AM   #32
 
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I'm afraid the ammonia should be at zero, a reading of one is harmful for the fish. They might look okay now, but you will have more losses soon if you don't get this sorted. Your tank is not cycled, and you should NOT add any more fish until the ammonia is zero, the nitrite is zero and the nitrate level is rising.
Your ammonia will continue to increase, and it is highly toxic to fish, then you will get a spike of nitrite when bacteria establish to convert the ammonia into nitrite - nitrite is also highly toxic to fish and should always be at zero. Then further bacteria will develop to convert the nitrite into nitrate, which is not nearly as toxic. At this point you will have ammonia - 0, nitrite - 0 and nitrate - above zero. Then you will know that your tank is cycled.

Rayemond is totally right. You have a couple weeks to go (possibly) till your tank is cycled. Don't add more fish, and feed as little as possible. Overfeeding can be a problem during this period. You need to keep an eye on nitrItes, and get a kit for that asap if you don't have one. Like Rayemond said, this is very toxic. You'll have to keep up with water changes and using Prime as your water conditioner until you get the readings already spoken about above. Be patient. It will happen.

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Old 02-04-2012, 10:10 AM   #33
 
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Had to read back through this thread to see where we are. Previously it was suggested that you get an API liquid Master test kit. You need to make checks of nitrite.

I'm not overly worried about the ammonia since the pH is acidic, so this is actually ammonium which is basically harmless. Nitrite is what has to be watched for.

Are there live plants? Some simple floating plants would make this so much easier and safer.
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Old 02-16-2012, 01:10 PM   #34
 
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Had to read back through this thread to see where we are. Previously it was suggested that you get an API liquid Master test kit. You need to make checks of nitrite.

I'm not overly worried about the ammonia since the pH is acidic, so this is actually ammonium which is basically harmless. Nitrite is what has to be watched for.

Are there live plants? Some simple floating plants would make this so much easier and safer.

No nitrates or trites in here yet. I take a water sample to the pet store every week, sometimes 2x a week.
Its been almost 5 weeks now since I set up the tank.

No live plants. Still trying to get the PH up. I have a kit to do that but I dont know how much to add, it says 4 drops per 10 US gallons but if I add 40 drops I dont know how much it will raise it lol.

All the fish are still doing awesome though. I have not added any more.
Still got my initial 7 fish.

Ammonia still at 1.

That's all i have for an update as of now.
Thanks guys!
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Old 02-16-2012, 01:27 PM   #35
 
I just want to point out that with acidic water (PH below 7) toxic ammonia is automatically changed to nearly harmless ammonium. If you do succeed in raising your PH above 7 that ammonia is going to be very toxic and will kill your fish quick.

I would suggest you leave the PH alone and instead search for fish suitable to acidic water from now on.
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Old 02-16-2012, 01:58 PM   #36
 
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I just want to point out that with acidic water (PH below 7) toxic ammonia is automatically changed to nearly harmless ammonium. If you do succeed in raising your PH above 7 that ammonia is going to be very toxic and will kill your fish quick.

I would suggest you leave the PH alone and instead search for fish suitable to acidic water from now on.

Thank you, that is very good to know!

I would have killed off all my fish if I was to raise my PH level. Its currently at around 6.5, and I certainly would not want to replace my fish I have now, I love these guys
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Old 02-22-2012, 07:05 PM   #37
 
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Had to read back through this thread to see where we are. Previously it was suggested that you get an API liquid Master test kit. You need to make checks of nitrite.

I'm not overly worried about the ammonia since the pH is acidic, so this is actually ammonium which is basically harmless. Nitrite is what has to be watched for.

Are there live plants? Some simple floating plants would make this so much easier and safer.

Hey Byron!

I was about to change the sponge part of my filter and I read somewhere that you should take the old filter and place it in the water for a few days when adding a new filter. Is this true?
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Old 02-22-2012, 08:22 PM   #38
 
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Hey Byron!

I was about to change the sponge part of my filter and I read somewhere that you should take the old filter and place it in the water for a few days when adding a new filter. Is this true?
We often go overboard about bacteria and filters. Bacteria colonize all surfaces under water, and unless the tank is new, you will likely have more bacteria in the tank than in the filter sponge.

But before replacing it, just rinse it. As long as it is still filling the space so water is forced through it and not getting around it, it is fine. Keep it rinsed though as dirt will clog it.

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