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post #21 of 60 Old 11-22-2013, 08:28 PM Thread Starter
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Tested again and Ammonia at 0 but my Nitrite is at 5.0 again !
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post #22 of 60 Old 11-22-2013, 10:21 PM
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hang in there

I agree with rickey , the tank is trying to cycle. 0 nitrates and .5 nitrite indicates that stage 1 bacteria are processing ammonia to nitrite, but nothing is processing nitrites to nitrate... yet. Be patient I've waited six weeks for a full cycle. Regarding water changes- I don't claim to be all knowing , but if it was my tank, I would continue 25% daily changes.
P.s. nitrite leves at 5 will kill your fish. Please Don't add the pleco yet.

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post #23 of 60 Old 11-23-2013, 05:09 AM
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Bob, why are you telling people not to use Prime? Always use Prime when performing water changes. The only time is is not needed, is when you are using RO/DI water with 0 TDS in a saltwater tank.
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post #24 of 60 Old 11-23-2013, 09:52 AM Thread Starter
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I did a water change last night and this morning nitrites tested 2.0+ ,ammonia was still low. I have been adding Prime every water change and the Royal pleco is not in the tank. I am concerned that there is not enuff for it to munch on in my 10g , the albino bn keeps the tank pretty cleaned up.
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I did a water change last night and this morning nitrites tested 2.0+ ,ammonia was still low. I have been adding Prime every water change and the Royal pleco is not in the tank. I am concerned that there is not enuff for it to munch on in my 10g , the albino bn keeps the tank pretty cleaned up.
Feed it a spear of zucchini or a veggie wafer.
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post #26 of 60 Old 11-23-2013, 12:46 PM
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Yes do not follow his advice on just topping off the aquarium with untreated water it is misinformation and makes no logical sense at all. By using untreated water you're adding additional chemicals that are present in tap water. ONLY water has evaporated so the original concentration of chemicals (ex chloramine) has increased, now you're adding more... Without anything to tie the chemicals up so the concentration of poisonous chemicals is increasing. Furthermore you are adding nitrogenous waste by feeding your fish. If you remove no water then that waste is just building up as it is NOT evaporating with the water!
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post #27 of 60 Old 11-23-2013, 10:55 PM
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agree with austin

Especialy chloramine. It does not evaporate and if you keep adding it to your tank and never taking any out, it will obviously concentrate to high levels.

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post #28 of 60 Old 11-23-2013, 11:02 PM Thread Starter
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Tests again tonight show ammonia almost 0 and Nitrites between 2.0 and 5.0. Changed 25% water. Picked up algae wafers for pleco
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post #29 of 60 Old 11-24-2013, 04:54 AM
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Nitrites can really be hard on or kill your fish. I would do another water change today and test again.
An addendum to what I said above: You can go without Prime if your water source uses chlorine, if you set the water up a couple days in advance and allow the chlorine to off-gas. As mentioned Chloramines are a different story.

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post #30 of 60 Old 11-24-2013, 05:49 PM
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feed empty tank?

I'm not sure if you need to feed the empty tank to keep cycle going?

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