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?? Nitrite out of control ??
Old 11-21-2013, 12:47 AM   #11
 
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I read high nirtates-low nitrates to mean that you have a deficiency of secondary bacteria that process. Nitrite into nitrate. Prime should really help your tank. When you clean your filter, be sure you not doing too much and disrupting the bio. just a quick swish in aquarium water to unblock the media and rinse out large particles. I use no charcoal or any other additives to my filter, just extra pads of bonded filter material. Petco sells sheets of cut-to-size bonded filter material made by Marineland. I love the stuff. Not only can you cut it to fit any filter, it also has a very high total surface area for growing good bacteria, and it does not restrict the waterflow of my filters at all, even with double and triple layers in place. Please keep posting test results. Good luck my friend!
P.s. anubias is a good easy plant to start with.
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Old 11-21-2013, 06:59 AM   #12
 
I'm going through the same situation....and almost have the N levels back down to zero.
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Old 11-21-2013, 09:57 AM   #13
 
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Ok I tested when I got home...

Ammonia 0
Nitrate 0+ (appeared to be inbetween 0 & 5.0)
Nitrite 2.0
pH 8.2

Did a 25% water change . Picked up some Prime , used it along with Stress Zyme +
I've been thinking about live plants, what would be a good plant for a beginner to start with ? I am willing to learn. I'm happy to see nitrites going down. I would like to keep the addition of chemicals limited as much as possible.
no need for prime with those values. and stop using the stress zyme also.

but do treat the replacement water. just no the entire tank.

Ind for an even better tank just replace the evaporative water with straight untreated tap water.

I use a mix of fast growing plants (anacharis, vals) and slower growing (small potted swords, crypst etc) plus a amazon sword centerpeice.

But just to help out this tank the faster growing plants will be the best immediate help.


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Old 11-21-2013, 10:40 PM   #14
 
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no need for prime with those values. and stop using the stress zyme also.

but do treat the replacement water. just no the entire tank.

Ind for an even better tank just replace the evaporative water with straight untreated tap water.

I use a mix of fast growing plants (anacharis, vals) and slower growing (small potted swords, crypst etc) plus a amazon sword centerpeice.

But just to help out this tank the faster growing plants will be the best immediate help.


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I not a chemist, and you've been doing this a lot longer than me, so this is merely a question and not a challenge..

Also I do believe in a "a little as possible" chemical approach..

But doesn't even the littlest amount of tap water have chemical (chlorine) in it? IME that could damage and kill off the good bacteria.. thus creating unstable Ammo, Nitrite and Nitrate levels?

I don't see the harm in dropping a small amount of Prime in tapwater, regardless of the amount. In fact, all I see is the contrary. Can you help me understand?
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Old 11-21-2013, 11:06 PM   #15
 
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Nitrite was high again today , did another 25% an added a anubias.
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Old 11-22-2013, 12:31 AM   #16
 
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I not a chemist, and you've been doing this a lot longer than me, so this is merely a question and not a challenge..

Also I do believe in a "a little as possible" chemical approach..

But doesn't even the littlest amount of tap water have chemical (chlorine) in it? IME that could damage and kill off the good bacteria.. thus creating unstable Ammo, Nitrite and Nitrate levels?

I don't see the harm in dropping a small amount of Prime in tapwater, regardless of the amount. In fact, all I see is the contrary. Can you help me understand?
How long he has being keeping fish doesn't exactly mean he knows any more then you do. I highly suggest that nobody intending to keep fish in a decent looking tank in prefferable conditions take this advice seriously. There has been no basis on any thread yet that makes sense of why he chooses not to use prime or water conditioner.
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Old 11-22-2013, 06:42 AM   #17
 
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11/27 5:30am test results

Ammonia 0.25
Nitrate 0
Nitrite 0.50
pH 8.4
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Old 11-22-2013, 07:09 AM   #18
 
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11/27 5:30am test results

Ammonia 0.25
Nitrate 0
Nitrite 0.50
pH 8.4
The tank is trying to cycle just hang in there, have patiences, and us the Prime, your near the end

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How long he has being keeping fish doesn't exactly mean he knows any more then you do. I highly suggest that nobody intending to keep fish in a decent looking tank in prefferable conditions take this advice seriously. There has been no basis on any thread yet that makes sense of why he chooses not to use prime or water conditioner.
I'm a pretty hard core water purist and even I use Prime (CloramX) when it's the best option.

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Old 11-22-2013, 07:36 AM   #19
 
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I should keep doing 25% water changes daily right ? I hope this settles down soon. When I got the plant yesterday I ended up coming home with an extra friend that I have been looking for for a couple months and got him 25% off, last day of sale, no pressure lol. It's a Royal pleco 2 1/2 " and it is AWESOME ! He is patiently awaiting his new home in my 10g. Plan to setup a 55-75 for him next spring. IMO the Royal is one of the coolest plecos if come across. I'm sure I should have waited ......I couldn't help myself
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Old 11-22-2013, 07:39 AM   #20
 
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untreated ( municipal) tap water

I know this much.. IF.. I put untreated tap water into my aquarium in amounts larger than 5%... with in 15 minutes the water appears to look like diluted milk... a few hours latter it begins to give off an off putting odor... by sunrise the next morning.. most if not all the inhabitants are dead...my water contains a high amount of copper.. deadly to fish.. it was the main reason i purchased an R/O/D/I/filter unit... every municipality has differant levels of minerals, salts and metals....seasonal conditions may dictate the amount of chlorine in water.... there are times when it's only a trace elemnet.. other times the smell will knock you over...

sometimes "nature " needs a helping hand.. prime will secure the integrity of any stock in the tank and render clorines,cloramines, nitrIte and nitrAte non toxic.. a bacteria additive will help establish your bio system... live plants will consume amonia first... and nitrates as a secondary food sorce... as everyone here as said.. it's going to take time... it's a slow process... but everything will balance out.. even if you have to give it a helping hand.. chemicaly.
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