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cullens089 08-07-2007 10:51 PM

first water change
 
well today i did a 25% change and here are the results

pH-7.4
Ammonia-0
Nitrite-2.0
Nitrate-5.0


how are things looking

Lupin 08-07-2007 10:57 PM

You want zero nitrites in the end.;) Since you have fish in your tank, frequent water changes are needed to maintain the ammonia and nitrites at zero. Do a water change on daily basis.

cullens089 08-07-2007 11:07 PM

daily how much should i change? 25%? do i test the water each day also?

Lupin 08-07-2007 11:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cullens089
daily how much should i change? 25%? do i test the water each day also?

25% is okay. Yes, you have to monitor your water parameters regularly.

cullens089 08-07-2007 11:30 PM

ok i was just wondering so once i get 0 nitrites for a week will i be fine? or does it have to be 2 weeks?

Lupin 08-07-2007 11:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cullens089
ok i was just wondering so once i get 0 nitrites for a week will i be fine? or does it have to be 2 weeks?

The time cycling finishes will vary. You want zero ammonia and nitrites in the end with nitrates not exceeding 40 ppm.

cullens089 08-07-2007 11:47 PM

ok thanks

fish_4_all 08-08-2007 12:33 AM

Yes, once you see zero (0) nitrites and ammonia for 1 week the cycle should be over.


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