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lorindaleigh1 01-17-2009 05:33 PM

How are my levels?
 
So I finally got my test kit in the mail today. I tested my level and I'm a little worried. I would love your opionon on them, as well as how to fix them.

Thanks!


ph-8.0
alka-240
hardness-250
nitrite-.5
nitrate-200

Cody 01-17-2009 06:21 PM

Strips or liquid? Sounds like strips, which means none of that is accurate. You need a liquid test kit.

Your still cycling, and your trates are terrible. But that is normal in cycling.

lorindaleigh1 01-17-2009 09:07 PM

yup strips. Anywhere to make the water more tolerant for my fish until the "tirates" stable? Do I just do water changes daily? Also is the PH too high?

darrelljonesdc 01-17-2009 10:00 PM

you will have t do water changes yes but not till you have the accurate test kit you should try the glass tube test kit there good about 20bucks but you get over 50 test each, after knowing your parameter go with the water changes

Cody 01-17-2009 11:25 PM

We have no idea if those levels are correct. They are most likely way off. You need a liquid test kit. No questions asked if you want to know your correct levels.

I say do nothing during the cycle, unless you have fish in it. This makes it go along more naturally, IMO.

onefish2fish 01-17-2009 11:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lorindaleigh1 (Post 164483)
Anywhere to make the water more tolerant for my fish until the "tirates" stable?

small daily water changes. 10% of your tanks water volume should do the trick

lorindaleigh1 01-18-2009 03:39 PM

Thanks!


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