Confused about the water conflicting advice?
Hi guys got my first fish for new aquarium about a week ago. The shop where I got the fish does free water tests and advised me to use them instead of getting my own tests to begin with. They said the water was fine for fish.
I went back yesterday to get 2 more fish and when they tested my water I asked for the results:
From what I've read the Am. and Nit. should be 0?
The two guys in the shop disagreed one said I can get more fish, just need to do another water change. The other said I should treat the water and gave me some liquid to get rid of the nitrites and ammonia (to use for 10 days). I decided to wait. What should my Nitrate level be?
The guy who advised me to treat the water also said I should only feed the fish I've got once as day.
Am I getting good advice? :?
Re: Confused about the water conflicting advice?
What size is the tank? What fish are in the tank? How often and how much water is replaced? One guy in advising you to feed only once a day. Better underfeed than overfeed. The only chemical to use is a dechlorinator.
hi thanks for ur help. I'll get a test kit today.
The tank is 63l, I've got 3 cherry barbs in the tank, had them for about a week and I've done one 20% water change since getting the fish. Hope the fish'll be ok, they're quite active chasing eachother. I'll do another water change tonight and put dechlorinator in, how much water should I change?
Your tank is not fully cycled yet. I would not add anymore fish until it has completed the cycle which means you'll have readings of 0 for ammonia and nitrite and some reading for nitrates. It sounds like one guy just wants to sell you more fish. You don't need to add any chemicals to get rid of ammonia or nitrites. You'll just need to do frequent water changes. Buy the liquid test kit (API is one of the best) and test your water often for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate. Do frequent water changes to keep the ammonia and nitrites levels down. Once your ammonia and nitrite stays at 0 and you have some reading for nitrates then your fully cycled and can just do weekly water changes of about 25%.
How long has the tank been set up?
ALWAYS use good dechlorinator when doing water changes. that is only chemical you need to add to water. :wink: OOPS! Just saw you ARE using dechlorinator. :)
Hi guys thanks for ur replies. I had tank for just over a week running b4 adding fish (I was given a bottle of something which I cant remember now what it was called, but I can find out, which I was told added bacteria to speed things up) and the 3 fish have been in for a week now. When I changed the water unfortunately I made 2 mistakes, I rinsed filter using tank water taken and partially cleaned gravel of excess food. I've got API tests and readings I've just got are
Nitrate: between 5-10
Is the tank ok now or should I wait for nitrates to increase?
Fish seem happy enough, very active and as suggested I have started feeding once a day and today they all swam to the top of the tank to get at the food instead for waiting for it to sink hope they're not going hungry?
The next fish I want to get are Cory catfish cos they don't grow very big and I thought 2 would be ok for the tank size.
This is a great site most helpful for beginners :yourock:
The readings look good. Nitrates are fine. You want to keep them under 20 ppm.
I would wait awhile before adding anymore fish and keep testing the water because you've only had the tank set up with fish in it for about a week and that seems very quick to have it already cycled. Was the bacteria they gave you called Bio-Spira? Usually it is kept refrigerated and can help speed up the cycle. The other one I'm thinking of is called Cycle which does not need refrigeration and there are varying opinions on whether it works or not.
Do daily testing for the next week or so and if you stay at 0 ammonia and 0 nitrites then you should be good to go. Nitrates will rise a little but you keep these low by doing weekly water changes.
OK I'll wait and keep up the water changes. I'll need to go back to shop to remember what I used to speed up cycle time. Waited years to get the tank so no probs waiting another week or two :D.
I wouldn't have got the fish so soon if the shop hadn't given me the all clear when they first tested the water, but I didn't ask for the results at the time cos I was 2 excited about choosing the fish, just pleased the water's testing ok now.
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