My first fresh water test results from my 30 gallon tank
I have just purchased my first freshwater/saltwater test kit today. I have had the tank establish for about a month with nothing but one feeder guppy in it. I have been performing 10% water changes weekly and feeding the tank flake food. I want to know where and what to do next and also where I am at in the cycling process? Here is my current test results:
pH- 7.5 mg/l
KH- 3.5 dH (carbonate hardness)
NO2- 0 mg/l (Nitrite)
GH- 3 dH (General hardness)
NH3/NH4- 3.0 mg/l (ammonia)
CO2- 3 mg/l (carbon dioxide)
NO3- 5 mg/l (nitrate)
Money when I converted mg/l to ppm and I was suprised to see that they are measured the same meaning 3 mg/l is equal to 3 ppm. My test kit gives its readings in mg/l but when I start posting my test results I will put them in ppm for no confusion.
3.0ppm for ammonia is SKYYYYYYY HIGH but yet you have no nitrites but you have nitrates. the cycle goes high ammonia then high nitrites then nitrates which arent toxic to your fish. might do a 25% or even 50% to get those levels down but then again seems like your doing a fishless cycle. you could try this, get like two nylon socks and fille them with food till they are the size of a golf ball or so and float them untill you have ammonia levels Below .25 ppm. your nitrates should also be less than .50 after that the cycle is complete and ready for new fish. the larger the tank the larger the food socks. hope this was the help you were looking for. Money
Here is a link that might help you understand a little more too~
That's a dangerously high ammonia level. If you're doing a fish in cycle you should be trying to avoid exceeding 0.5 ppm and ideally keep it below 0.25ppm. With that much ammonia and no nitrite I'd say you're at the start of your cycle.
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