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  1. AyalaCookiejar
    12-04-2012 10:47 PM - permalink
    AyalaCookiejar
    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.
  2. AyalaCookiejar
    12-03-2012 04:28 PM - permalink
    AyalaCookiejar
    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.
  3. AyalaCookiejar
    12-03-2012 02:55 PM - permalink
    AyalaCookiejar
    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.

    Thank you!
  4. Little Leaf
    11-29-2012 05:18 PM - permalink
    Little Leaf
    yes, 79 degrees Fahrenheit, he has a small white spot (not ick small) his belly has been getting a bit bigger and I haven't been feeding him for that, also, he won't eat and his belly is white
  5. Little Leaf
    11-28-2012 03:10 PM - permalink
    Little Leaf
    OFL, my betta, King Dedede is breathing heavily and I don't know why! I know there's no ammonia because I did a water change (%100) and he lies down sometimes
  6. finnfinnfriend
    11-24-2012 11:34 AM - permalink
    finnfinnfriend
    Hey OFL! Are you ready for another one of my crazy questions? Lol
  7. finnfinnfriend
    11-22-2012 03:00 PM - permalink
    finnfinnfriend
    Happy Thanksgiving!
  8. HarpaBetta
    11-22-2012 09:11 AM - permalink
    HarpaBetta
    Hi Oldfishlady! I just woke up lol Happy Thanksgiving ;)
  9. finnfinnfriend
    11-20-2012 02:28 PM - permalink
    finnfinnfriend
    Thanks again OFL
  10. finnfinnfriend
    11-20-2012 11:43 AM - permalink
    finnfinnfriend
    Oh okay thank you!
    So water only plus vaccum for the first month if there is no test kit?

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