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Old 05-24-2011, 05:09 PM   #11
 
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Questions are never a problem. We all ask them or we wouldn't learn anything.

If your water is 8 dGH, that's fine. Your pH is high though, basic, so fish should be those that either prefer this (livebearers, several others) or can manage (many tetra for instance are tank raised and can adapt fairly well). This is all indicated in our profiles as applicable.

On the ammonia and nitrite [the API kit is good], I would watch this. Do you have live plants? They are great at controlling ammonia and nitrite.
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Old 05-24-2011, 05:54 PM   #12
 
lol Thanks bryon for all your help... Yeah, i do have plants in my tank. i have some drift wood with java fern, i have some moneywort plants, some amazon sword.. and i've been giving them about 5 hours of light everyday and also giving the API growth for plants medication to enhance its growth.. So livebearers and tetras.. Do u knw of any exotic types cause i was looking for new fish like not the usuall ones u keep in the stores.. So basically with the leaf fish the only way i can keep it is if i upgrade my tank to a 29 gallon or more.. correct...

thank you so much for all the advice
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Old 05-24-2011, 06:05 PM   #13
 
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lol Thanks bryon for all your help... Yeah, i do have plants in my tank. i have some drift wood with java fern, i have some moneywort plants, some amazon sword.. and i've been giving them about 5 hours of light everyday and also giving the API growth for plants medication to enhance its growth.. So livebearers and tetras.. Do u knw of any exotic types cause i was looking for new fish like not the usuall ones u keep in the stores.. So basically with the leaf fish the only way i can keep it is if i upgrade my tank to a 29 gallon or more.. correct...

thank you so much for all the advice
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The leaf fish is rather special. Even a 29g is not going to suit an 8-inch fish. Profile suggests 55g (4-foot tank).

On suitable fish, check the profiles under cyprinids especially, some prefer basic water, some are adaptable. There are several smaller species in this group. Redchigh mentioned Celestial Pearl Danio, there is also the emerald Dwarf Rasbora, Scarlet Badis, others. I just added the endlers Livebearer, another small colourful fish.

I'm wondering about those ammonia and nitrite numbers, with live plants this is almost impossible.
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Old 05-24-2011, 06:24 PM   #14
 
So what is a suitable ammonia and nitrate level for plants? Interesting.. I got to look into theose types of fish and probably in the future upgrade to a larger tank after i master a smaller tank..

Thanks bryon for all ur input
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Old 05-24-2011, 07:20 PM   #15
 
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So what is a suitable ammonia and nitrate level for plants? Interesting.. I got to look into theose types of fish and probably in the future upgrade to a larger tank after i master a smaller tank..

Thanks bryon for all ur input
Jep
Once a tank is cycled, ammonia and nitrite should always be zero with our test kits. Live plants assimilate a lot of ammonia/ammonium so with plants and provided the fish are not overstocked or some disaster doesn't occur, ammonia (and nitrite) will not be problematic.

Nitrate is different, you may have zero up to 20 ppm. Plants again keep this lower, and the lower the better. Although not as toxic as the other two, nitrates should be minimal.

Have you checked your tap water for all three? Any or all can be present, it is good to know this.
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Old 05-27-2011, 09:57 AM   #16
 
So I checked the tap water levels.. Im using the API MASTER Freswater test kit.

Ph:7.6
High Ph:7.8
Ammonia:0.0
Nitrate:0.0
Nitrite:0.0

Water Hardiness level:8

So This is them levels for my fish tank with my plants, clown pleco

Ph:7.6
High Ph:7.8
Ammonia:.25
Nitrate:0.0
Nitrite:0.0

THis is for my fish tank that has 4 neon tetras and 2 guppys

Ph:7.6
High Ph:7.8
Ammonia:.25
Nitrate:5.0
Nitrite:0.0
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Old 05-27-2011, 12:34 PM   #17
 
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So I checked the tap water levels.. Im using the API MASTER Freswater test kit.

Ph:7.6
High Ph:7.8
Ammonia:0.0
Nitrate:0.0
Nitrite:0.0

Water Hardiness level:8

So This is them levels for my fish tank with my plants, clown pleco

Ph:7.6
High Ph:7.8
Ammonia:.25
Nitrate:0.0
Nitrite:0.0

THis is for my fish tank that has 4 neon tetras and 2 guppys

Ph:7.6
High Ph:7.8
Ammonia:.25
Nitrate:5.0
Nitrite:0.0
The only thing here is the ammonia in the two tanks. With plants I would not expect to see ammonia testing when there is none in the source water.

How often and how much volume are the water changes?
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Old 05-27-2011, 02:17 PM   #18
 
Well i change the water every 2 to 3 weeks...Before i tested the water its been 2 weeks running to 3 weeks since i did a water change. After i tested the water i actually did a 25 percent water change after getting these results and waited till to day to check it and the ammonia level went back to 0.0
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Old 05-28-2011, 09:39 AM   #19
 
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Well i change the water every 2 to 3 weeks...Before i tested the water its been 2 weeks running to 3 weeks since i did a water change. After i tested the water i actually did a 25 percent water change after getting these results and waited till to day to check it and the ammonia level went back to 0.0
Water changes should be more regular, every week at the least. A change of 30% to 50% depending upon fish load. I do 50% in all my tanks every week, but they are well stocked. Your ammonia issues should disappear.
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Old 05-28-2011, 09:52 AM   #20
 
So with these regular water changes would they keep the levels in my tank low and also keep my plants healthy? Was wondering since i have a heavly planted tank do i need to get a co2 machine or something like that? THank you very much for all ur advise :)

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