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athlete3344 06-12-2008 04:17 PM

Interesting Test Results...
So, my tank has been cycling and its near ready.

Ammonia - 0!
Nitrites - off the scale...between 3.3-33mg/l which turns into 3.3-33ppm I believe
Nitrates - between 80-160ppm

Im using an API test kit for nitrates and tetratest for the nitrites and ammonia.

I figuring that the ammonia bacteria is so great right now, it made a surplus of nitrites waiting to be eaten by the next bacteria in line.

I also noticed my water became partially white cloudy, what caused this? Im guessing the nitrites.

Flashygrrl 06-12-2008 05:43 PM

Yup, cloudy is the nitrites and as for the nitrates, those are a little high...ok, a lot. You'll have to do a few water changes to get it back down to safe levels before you add anything.

athlete3344 06-13-2008 10:47 AM

Yea thats what I figured, thanks for the reply.

Oldman47 06-14-2008 10:34 PM

If you don't have any fish in the tank yet, you could just do a very large water change and get the nitrites in line. If you do have fish you need to be a little more careful with how much but at 3.3 ppm nitrites you should probably still start at 50%. After the first water change wait an hour or two for things to stabilize before you test again. If its still way high on nitrites, its time for another large water change.

athlete3344 06-14-2008 10:45 PM

Ok, Ill be doing that tomorrow. Should I do a good gravel vac too?

1077 06-14-2008 11:48 PM

On such a young tank I would hold off on vaccuming until after water change. If you are not overfeeding ,then nitrates should lower. If You MUST you could LIGHTLY vaccum one third of the tank at each water change until nitrates become managable but It should not be needed at this early stage.

athlete3344 06-14-2008 11:52 PM

I dont have fish in the tank yet, still cycling with 2 dead prawn.

1077 06-15-2008 12:23 AM

I would still hold off on vaccuming the substrate as that is where a good deal of the biological material you have waited on to develop is found. Most recommend a 50 Percent water cange before adding fish. I would wait until after that water change and then test for nitrates. If you need to you can do as mentioned in previous post . IMHO I would still add fish slowly. :)

athlete3344 06-15-2008 12:30 AM

Yea, I planned on adding:
3 swordtails and 2 plecos
2 honey gourami
4-5 threadfin rainbow
4-5 threadfin rainbow
3 zebra loaches
3 zebra loaches

1077 06-15-2008 12:35 AM

I hope you are Talking about the Smaller variety of Plecos as opposed to common pleco. :wink:

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