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Mattfish 01-09-2012 07:26 AM

*!*!*!*!NEW TO THIS!!! Water Levels for Tropical tank*!*!*!*!*!
Hi guys I'm new to testing water and I would love to know if the levels are ok or waaaaayyyyyyy off and what i can do to help as ive been cycling my tank for a 9 days now and want to know if these levels are normal.

pH: 7.4-7.6

Ammonia: 0.50ppm

NitRITE: 0.50ppm

NitRATE: 5.0ppm

Thanks guys much appreciated

Romad 01-09-2012 07:35 AM

Welcome to TFK :wave:

Are you cycling with fish? If so, which type and how many?

And which test kit are you using?

Nubster 01-09-2012 07:37 AM

9 days isn't that long in a cycle. Having nitrates only 9 days in is pretty good unless you have nitrates right out of the tap. As far as the ammonia and nitrites, looks normal. Once those are consistently 0 then your cycle is done. Usually takes 4-6 weeks. Did you seed your tank? How does your tap water test (assuming you are using tap in the tank)? How are you providing ammonia to the tank? At this point I wouldn't do anything, just let it ride and keep feeding the ammonia. You want to keep the ammonia up around 3-5ppm during the cycle unless you are cycling with fish, then you want it .25ppm or less.

Mattfish 01-09-2012 08:30 AM

Not cycling with fish only fish food and tested with the Api master test kit

SeaHorse 01-09-2012 08:35 AM

My thoughts are something is way off with those numbers. Test your tap water to see what the 3 readings are straight out of the tap. make sure you are shaking the bottles for the required times!! Very important. Use good lighting to read the colour cards, daylight if possible.
A non live planted tank could take as much as 6-8 weeks to go thru the cycle. If you can - wait that long.... ! .... then you can slowly add fish 2-3 at a time.
Do you know what you wish to put in there? How big is your tank?

Mattfish 01-09-2012 08:44 AM

Thanks, Currently using fish food and letting it gain ammonia like that but having it fishless atm

Mattfish 01-09-2012 09:04 AM

Its a 24 litre tank with no plants only plastic plants the test straight out the tap are

pH: 7.6
Ammonia: 0.25ppm
Nitrite: 0ppm
Nitrate: 10ppm

SeaHorse 01-09-2012 05:05 PM

Hey Matt
Great Thanks for getting those readings...It would be difficult to keep doing water changes to lower your Ammonia levels if you continue to add water with Ammonia in it... right? Just like my water... I have Ammonia at .25 all the time too. That means that I always have to look for numbers ABOVE that. That I need to be using a good water conditioner too , I use Prime now. Costs a tiny bit more but goes a huge long way. Actually works out cheaper I bet. And yes is smells bad.
You will however see each number spike much higher than what you are seeing now. You will definately see your NitIte number rise and fall back to zero before you see a steady NitrAte number. But again... looks like .10 again is a normal... you will be looking to be around .20 at the end.
Water changes will dilute down any of the numbers if they spike. (back to your normal numbers)

(prime is great for spikes in chlorine too when your city dumps extra chlorine to kill bacteria spikes in the water system.... and they don't tell us fish keepers they are doing it!!!! Grrrrrr) You can double the dose without worry. )

As you are new to this, I recommend getting a small calender and write down your readings and changes you make. It's hard to remember what you did, 4 days ago.... no maybe it was last Tuedsay... no.... wed....oh I don't remember... Write it all down so you have a log. Lol

Just be patient and you won't experience the fish deaths that the rest of us have.!!:shock:

Do you know what your PH is? and what kind of fish you are thinking of?

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