Hi OFL.. I have a quick(ish?) question about lights or live plants...
I've ordered some 6500k daylight bulbs for my tank, but I was wondering what the affect on the plants would be if it was more or less than 6500k? Also, for plants that require more light, do they require a higher kelvin temp or do they require more watts per gallon? Will low light plants melt in a higher k rating or in higher watt per gallon ratio?
Thank you! I found a website for the water in my town but it ranges greatly. It says that nitrites and nitrates range between .06 - 7.99 ppm, but I could not find anything about ammonia, unless it happens to have another name I am unaware of.
Its not uncommon to have that in your source water-so I suspect you are doing the test correct. You can go to your city water web-site and see if their number are close to what you are getting. I wouldn't worry about the pH changes since it most likely is due to normal degassing-the gradual changes are generally tolerated.
One of the best water testers is the fish and your power of observation.
Thank you for your patience with me. I think I may have done something wrong. I just tested the ph, ammonia, nitrites and nitrates for the tap water, treated tap water, and the tank water. All three are now showing .5 ppm ammonia, 0 nitrates and 5 ppm nitrates. The only difference is the untreated tap water is 7.4 Ph and the tank and treated water are 8. I followed all the directions, shook the nitrate bottle #2 til my arm
hurt and also had my boyfriend do it, haha. I took pictures of all of my results in case I just can't read them. Last time I tested the tap water I thought it was only at .25ppm.. I also did a 50% water change yesterday :/ I am planning on getting Seachem Prime, but I don't know what else to do about the ammonia until my tanks cycle. Neither of my fish are acting strangely, though.
What are the results of the source water-with and without your regular additives for-ammonia, nitrite, nitrate and pH. Be sure and shake the heck out of the #2 nitrate reagent-it tends to settle and will cause skewed results. Also, what is the nitrate on the tank.
Thanks. The instructions on the API liquid test kit are vague. It says to wait at least 5 minutes but doesn't give a timeline. I retested the nitrates, and it looks more yellow than it had when it sat for a day, but still has an orange tint. I know the results aren't always 100% accurate, but it looks to be between 0 and 5ppm. My biggest question was how it would be possible to cycle so quickly. The aquarium, filter, heater, and all decor are brand new.
I have two five gallon tanks of the exact same kind, and the other tank does not show a reading of 0 ammonia after 5 days like the new one does. Both tanks have the same tap water in them and I use the same water conditioner for both as well.
I've tested the ammonia and nitrites in the tank for the last four days and both have been at 0 every time.
It is important to follow the directions to the "T" with the test products to get accurate results-especially on the reading results time-line. Its also a good idea to get a base line on your source water-both with and without the additives. This will help you rule out false or skewed results related to the additives used-since some of these products can cause changes.
Hi OFL. I have a quick question about cycling. (I copied and pasted from my thread because I am lazy, LOL.) I was in a hurry yesterday when I tested the ammonia, nitrites and nitrates in my new tank and didn't have time to empty the vials, so they've been sitting around for a day or two and the ammonia is still at 0, nitrites 0, and the nitrates vial is now orange (5ppm). Yesterday I was sure the nitrates were at 0. It was yellow. I waited about 5-10 minutes before checking. Did I check it too soon, or will they change colors if they sit for long enough?
I am confused because I set up this tank last Tuesday and I really don't understand how it could cycle that quickly, or if I just let the vials sit for too long. I tested my tap water for ammonia and compared it to the tank and there is actually more ammonia in the tap water, and I used conditioned tap water to fill the tank.