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Mattfish 01-21-2012 11:51 AM

WHAT UP PEOPLE Need some tank advice pleaseee!!
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Hi guys Ive been cycling a new tank now for 3 weeks its 24 litres with a hang on filter and currently at about 26 degrees C the water levels are thus

pH 7.6
Ammonia 1.0ppm
nitRITE 1.0 ppm
NitRATE 10.0pmm

Are these levels ok for a tank thats been cycling for 3 going on 4 weeks now and if not what can I do to help it??

willow 01-21-2012 12:00 PM

hello and welcome
have you got fish in the tank or are you doing a fish less cycle,
your tank is looking very nice. :-D

SeaHorse 01-21-2012 12:19 PM

Hi Mattfish! Your ammonia and nitrIte numbers should fall when you are thru the cycle... you are looking for about .20 nitrAtes. If you have fish in that tank then you need to do a water change to lower those numbers. If you have not done so already, take a few moments to test your tap water to see what those 3 numbers are as well. ( This can change of course when your municipality/city does a chemical dump sometimes in spring to clean out pipes. You will not be warned when this is done. )
If you have no fish, good for you for your vast patience!!
I'm not sure why all 3 of your tests came in so high tho... usually you go thru each stage and each will spike and then fall. Did you follow the times for shaking bottles and time limits? Also read the card in daylight, not lamp or sun light for the best colour readings.

Byron 01-21-2012 07:37 PM

Welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum Mattfish.

Here's an article from our forum that might provide some background on cycling:


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