cycling my 10 gallon,lightly planted freashwater aquarium.fish-in cycle using rosy red minnows(fathead minnows) yesterday all my readings came back 0..on bettafish site some one suggested i come here and ask my questions.
started cycling first week of july.took first readings on july 6th.everything dropped back down to 0 as of yesterday.ammonia was at 0 for about a week.nitrate got no higher than like 20 or 40...stayed a constant 10 for a week.dropped to 0 the past few days..
nitrite got up to 5.dropped on and off.was at .25 yesterday morning.last night it was at 0.today at 0..
some1 says i should still have nitrates even though i have plants.
i have 2 filters,HOB quiteflow 10.and a DIY moving bed filter....
live plants-red ludwigia
fake plants,everal hiding decor.
heated at 78 degrees but sometimes gets up to 82 becaue my A/C will go out at times(live in an apartment complex.have no control on fixing the A/C)
i also have some chemicals...
2.blended calcium salts
any ideas what these are for?
i am kinda curious why my nitrates are so low.i say 0.but its not exactly the yellow and not red.its more orange..between 0 and 5..
API master test kit
As long as ammonia and nitrite are zero, I would not worry about nitrates at zero. From your info, the nitrates were present earlier, so there doesn't seem to be a problem.
Live plants can result in zero nitrates, and ludwigia being a stem plant is a fast growing plant. This may be the reason. But I wouldn't worry.
thank you Byron..every1 over at the betta forum wasnt sure and said come here.ome said its most likely the plants sucking up the nitrates.and at 1 point i had plenty.then just disappeared yesterday.i can share that info with others and help them out :) someone suggested i wasnt testing correctly.
i use both bottles in the test kit and shake like crazy.for more than 10 seconds...tapping it on the counter inside a rag not to break the glass tube.but im surly glad i have nothing to worry about.and i didnt think every aquarium had to have traces of nitrates.maybe i finally cycled my tank correctly this time :)
again thank you..i really appreciate it
oh after its cycle how long do i wait to put my fish in?today make the second day with nitrates,nitrites and ammonia down.?
i did my test again this morning.this time i decided to shake the #2 nitrate bottle a little longer like i use too and the tube a little longer also..got 5ppm on nitrate.ammonia and nitrite at 0 still :)day 3 still confirms it...i had nitrate readings before.just so low it didnt go up to 5 but wasnt at 0 either..once i shook the bottle like before i got the more proper readings..
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