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5.5 gal stocking question?
Old 03-28-2012, 10:44 PM   #51
 
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also need to know your ammonia... and how do you know your nitrite and nitrate were 0? If you used strips, then you probably have, at minimum, some nitrate. Strips are worse than useless- they sometimes give you a false sense of security.
I used test kits to measure both nitrite and nitrates I have tested the amm last week it read 0 but I'll test it again
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Old 03-28-2012, 10:59 PM   #52
 
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Something sounds "Fishy" parden my pun, if your tank is not cycled you should have ammonia readings, if it is cycled you should have at least some trace of Nitrates, Very very rare to have 0 reading on all three unless you just changed all the water. If you use liquid test kit which are the best to use make sure you shake the heck out of the nitrate bottle before testing, that stuff seperates like oil and water, I shake mine like 2 min.
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Old 03-29-2012, 11:48 AM   #53
 
The amm is slightly above 0 ppm 0.25 should I do a water change or will it disrupt the bio filter?
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Old 03-29-2012, 04:22 PM   #54
 
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The amm is slightly above 0 ppm 0.25 should I do a water change or will it disrupt the bio filter?
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Sounds like your tank is not cycled. is that right? if it is not cycled than you need ammonia levels to start the bio's growing, just make sure you keep ammonia blow1. ppm untill you see nitrites and nitrates then ammonia should be 0.
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