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marinebiologist21 04-01-2008 03:27 PM

Could my tank almost be cycled!?
I went out to Petco (was in Boston for 6 days) and got a master freshwater API liquid kit! (After being told strips were better 1294 times by employees.) Idiots.

I tested my water and I got these results and I think my 30g just may be near its cycling end?

Nitrite: 0 ppm
Nitrate: 10 ppm
Ammonia: 0.25 ppm
pH: 7.6

Ammonia seems a little high than preferred though..
I want to get 8 panda cories this week.

Flashygrrl 04-01-2008 04:32 PM

Strange for you to have ammonia and nitrates but not nitrites. Test your tap water. You need 0 ammonia and nitrites to be able to introduce fish (or more fish, whichever your method). And good job standing up to the Petco people, I'd be embarrassed to work there I think.

marinebiologist21 04-01-2008 04:46 PM

Thanks... I'll test tapwater and post results in an hour

fish_4_all 04-01-2008 04:55 PM

It is always odd to see weird numbers. Give it time and make sure you have 0 nitrites and ammonia before adding cories. They don't like bad water at all.

okiemavis 04-01-2008 05:16 PM

I agree on the waiting, Pandas are particularly sensitive to good water. They also ship REALLY badly so make sure you buy ones that have been in the store for a while. Also, if you're in the Boston area, Skipton's Pet in Roxbury is amazing. Like, super awesome extremely responsible. Much better than PETCO.

marinebiologist21 04-01-2008 06:30 PM

Okay. I'll do a water change and dechlorinate and wait a few more days then test

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