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carlos puron 12-31-2013 12:16 AM

If patience is the challenge… well, challenge accepted!
Hi everyone I'm kind of new to this forum I tend to post more at bettafish but I need some advice.

I recently found out that my tap water has nitrite Someone told me to use aquarium salt to help my fish while tank cycles to be able to handle nitrite but I'm afraid that may kill my plants
I have javamoss sunset hygro bacopa amazon sword red root floaters and some others that I just can't remember the names so should I add salt if so how much per gallon?

Thanks for reading
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sandybottom 12-31-2013 02:10 AM

i would use daily doses of prime. and test water.

Romad 12-31-2013 04:21 AM

Agree with using Prime and frequent water changes until your nitrItes read zero.

Good luck.

carlos puron 12-31-2013 10:08 AM

Ok but like now my tank reads .25 and tap water reads 1 isn't it like I'm gonna Give more work to the beneficial bacteria ? If not how much water should I change
so far I've been doing about 10 -15% water changes adding prime my fish seems to be ok they're not gasping at the surface any more I lost two guppies :( but I haven't get any other loss now I don't know how to bring back my bettas cause fish shouldn't been added until is stablish right ?
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Flear 01-02-2014 12:22 PM

stable is always good

as the bettas can breath air, ... i think you have more forgiveness, ... as i can't mix these with other fish (the bettas keep killing them) i tend to avoid bettas, ... well i've heard of what's commonly called a "peaceful betta" which can do well enough in a community tank i hear - good luck on finding any.

but back to betta's & breathing, ... i would assume because they can gulp air if need-be they're more forgiving then your guppies.

Chesh 01-02-2014 01:33 PM

Moving this thread into the Beginner Freshwater area, I think you're looking for more basic information on cycling! ^_^

I've separated out the more advanced posts into their own thread, as they seemed as if they were slightly off-topic to the original poster's question. Feel free to pick up that conversation on this thread, if you'd like!

jaysee 01-02-2014 01:44 PM

Can you provide us some information on your tank? How big is it? How many fish? Etc. all the specifics that you can.

ao 01-02-2014 02:01 PM

how heavily planted is your tank? Most likely the plants will assimilate the nitrites anyway :) Salt will probably kill the plants :(

Additionally if your tank is cycled, the nitrite in the tap water shouldn't present much of a problem...

When doing water changes, I would add some extra prime like sandy bottom suggested. The time the nitrite is locked down by the prime will give either your plants or biological filter time to process the nitrites

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jaysee 01-02-2014 02:13 PM


Originally Posted by aokashi (Post 3669393)
The time the nitrite is locked down by the prime will give either your plants or biological filter to process the nitrites

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Agreed, but may require dosing for consecutive days, between water changes, which i think was mentioned by sandy.

Hallyx 01-02-2014 05:35 PM

Nitrite is a product of ammonia oxidation. How in the world does nitrite get into tapwater? Is there nitrosomonas bacteria in the water line? In the water-processing facility?

From the feedback I'm getting, Tetra Safestart is excellent at providing nitrite- oxidizing bacteria. Perhaps other bottled-bacteria is as well.

Double-dosing Prime is recommended by Seachem to help control nitrite. Prime and frequent water changes, as Romad recommends.

Adding salt is an olde-tyme method of helping fish cope with high nitrite. Better to deal with the nitrite, in my opinion..

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