Hi Im New
hello everyone my name is chris and i just started back up with the hobby. i had (when i was 5-9) 2 red belly pacus 2 oscars and 2 common pleco all in my/dads 120 gal tank. the reason why we stoped the hobby is because my bother wanted a cat and i felt bad for the fish cause they were goin to die from the cat sold i gave it all to one of my dads buddy. now that i'm 23 years old im starting my tank up for now my rents will only keep the 55 gal running i have a 160gal also. but im running into an issue that i dont remember seeing when i was younger and maybe some one can help. i know all about the nirtogen cycle but my Nirites yes nitrites are at 10.0+ppm and my lil tiger barbs aint looking so hot. nitrates are still low i want to say a light shade of pink i forgot the number since im at work. amonia 0 choline 0 hardness in the middle ph 7.6 water is at 76 degrees now i have taken gravel from a friends tank and also about 10 gal of water from his tank just to get it all start(about 2 weeks ago) and im running into this issue now please help
Hello and welcome to the forum!
Sounds like you are using test strips. The API liquid fresh water testing kit is more reliable. I don't think the tiger barbs are going to make it in 10 ppm nitrites. I would do a large water change and fast! When cycling a tank with fish, I try to keep both ammonia and nitrite under .25 ppm with water changes. Sometimes daily water changes are needed to keep the toxins at a safer level.
The gravel from the cycled tank should help. Did you put the gavel in the filter? The filter is where most of the needed bacteria will grow. Does your friend have any cycled filter media, that he/she will give you? That would help a great deal. The water itself, does not have what it takes to seed a new cycle.
its a new filter set up i didnt put any in the filteryes he gave me a filter and gravel and water. this sunday me and him are taking 10 gal of water out of his tank and bring it into my tank and befor we add it we are goin to take out 20 gal and put in fresh water. do u think this will help?
also i forgot to mention i add some of the bactiria in a bottle into the tank when i fist started it up
If you want the fish to live, I would not wait till Sunday for a water change. If the reading of 10 ppm nitrites is correct, I would do at least a 75% water change today.
Ask your friend if he has any established media in his filter, a filter pad or sponge, make it fit inside your filter. If not, remove some more gravel from your friends tank, place the gravel in a media bag, place the gravel in your filter. What ever your friend gives you to seed the tank, do not let it dry out. If it does not remain wet, the bacteria will die.
Bottled bacteria sometimes can help. I personally do not trust it. I have used it, but still tested daily, daily water changes to keep ammonia and nitrite under .25 ppm. The bottled bacteria will not hurt anything, so it would be safe to replace what was removed during the water changes.
hello and welcome.
you're in great hands,i wouldn't be able to say anything else on top,
apart from good luck.
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