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LiamB 08-20-2013 03:33 PM

3 days of no ammonia/nitrite/ nitrate readings
4 days ago I did a 8 gallon water change from my 45 gallon tank my nitrite was at .5 and since then there had been no readings on my API master kit.. What could it be?

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moghedan 08-20-2013 05:01 PM

You have a fairly large 45 gallon tank with 6 small, clean tetras. You have more natural diffusion than you have waste products.

I do not see mention of plants in either of the two posts... but I suspect you have a few.

LiamB 08-21-2013 11:26 AM

No plants and still nothing... Algae?

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LiamB 08-21-2013 11:34 AM

I have no plants could it be algae?

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moghedan 08-22-2013 08:48 AM

What is the next set of fish you want to add?

Avoid Cichlids, Catfish, and Neon/Cardinal Tetras at the current time. If you next set of 6 or so fish is something other than those, list it here. It is likely time to add the next set of fish.

LiamB 08-23-2013 01:20 PM

I have a lot of algae should I buy another school of fish or an algae eater? I'm getting an algae sponge tomorrow either way. Also do tiger barbs work well with black skirts?

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moghedan 08-23-2013 02:26 PM

I have never kept tiger barbs. I keep saying that I will have them (Fill in the blank here), but every single time something catches my eye instead.

I found this link informative.
Small Barbs

I have seen Tigers and Black Skirts together twice, both times in 55 gallon tanks, and they seem to get along ok. However, my understanding is that with Tigers, a school size of something like 15 individuals should be kept to minimize fin nipping.

LiamB 08-27-2013 06:29 PM

Okay I still have no ammonia nitrites or nitrates I added a pleco 3 days ago cleaned all of the algae and I have no plants what could be going on

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