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TFish 08-16-2010 07:28 AM

Adding platies to tank
 
I used 2 platies to cycle my tank and I want to get them 2 more friends.:-) Right now, I think my nitrites are at its peak and the nitrates are about 20ppm. Can I add another platy now or will that be too much? I addded my first 2 3 weeks ago. They are completely healthy and active.

1077 08-16-2010 08:09 AM

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Originally Posted by TFish (Post 447963)
I used 2 platies to cycle my tank and I want to get them 2 more friends.:-) Right now, I think my nitrites are at its peak and the nitrates are about 20ppm. Can I add another platy now or will that be too much? I addded my first 2 3 weeks ago. They are completely healthy and active.

You want ammonia and nitrites to read zero before adding more fish or run the risk of elevated ammonia and nitrites.
I would were it me, wait until ammonia and nitrites read zero for four consecutive days.

TFish 08-16-2010 08:44 AM

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Originally Posted by 1077 (Post 447974)
You want ammonia and nitrites to read zero before adding more fish or run the risk of elevated ammonia and nitrites.
I would were it me, wait until ammonia and nitrites read zero for four consecutive days.

Do you know when that would be?

1077 08-16-2010 09:00 AM

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Originally Posted by TFish (Post 447991)
Do you know when that would be?

Cycling or maturing process ,can take from four to eight weeks. In my expierience nitrites usually appear at around two weeks and once they read zero for four consecutive days along with ammonia,then the bacteria will have developed for the biological load (Fish) in the tank.
If you are still getting nitrite readings other than zero, then you have a little ways to go yet and adding fish at this point would only increase the levels of nitrites and possibly ammonia as well, and would result in twice daily 20 percent water changes moring and evening, to prevent toxins from damaging the fish.

TFish 08-16-2010 09:06 AM

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Originally Posted by 1077 (Post 448002)
Cycling or maturing process ,can take from four to eight weeks. In my expierience nitrites usually appear at around two weeks and once they read zero for four consecutive days along with ammonia,then the bacteria will have developed for the biological load (Fish) in the tank.
If you are still getting nitrite readings other than zero, then you have a little ways to go yet and adding fish at this point would only increase the levels of nitrites and possibly ammonia as well, and would result in twice daily 20 percent water changes moring and evening, to prevent toxins from damaging the fish.

Ok, I'll just wait:-(

By the way, can a one gallon aquarium be used to quartine?

zof 08-16-2010 12:50 PM

one gallon is a bit small for any fish, being in to small of a tank could lead to stress which could lead to the sickness you are trying to avoid. 2.5 or 5 gallon tanks should be better suited for a few small fish like platys. Plus larger tank size means the water quality won't change as fast so you can keep up with water changes easier.

TFish 08-16-2010 06:42 PM

ok


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