1. Size of aquarium (# of gallons) 10
2. Is your aquarium setup freshwater or brackish water? freshwater
3. How long the aquarium has been set up? Since May 18th
4. What fish and how many are in the aquarium (species are important to know) 1 goldfish
5. Are there live plants in the aquarium? No
6. What temperature is the tank water currently? 72
7. What make/model filter are you using? Tetra Whisper Filter, Medium
8. Are you using a CO2 unit? No
9. Does your aquarium receive natural sunlight at any given part of the day? Not really
10. When did you perform your last water exchange, and how much water was changed? 50%, few days ago (pH level was 8.8+)
11. How often do you perform water changes? 3-4 days
12. How often and what foods do you feed your fish? 2x a day, flakes
13. What type of lighting are you using and how long is it kept on? No lighting
14. What specific concerns bring you here at this time? read below
15. What are your water parameters? Test your pH, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate.
pH: 7.4-7.8...can't seem to get it lower
ammonia: 0ppm FINALLY, had problems with this before
nitrite: .25ppm (never had it over 0 before)
nitrate: 10.0 ppm
16. What test kit are you using and is it liquid or test strips? API Liquid
17. When was the last time you bought a fish and how did they behave while in the pet store tank? Bought him Jan 17-don't remember how he behaved in tank
OK, so it seems I'm constantly cursed with water problems. Before it was an ammonia problem which ended up being a result of bad tap water, now it's elevated pH, nitrate, and nitrite levels. I've never had problems with nitrite before-ever-and pH has always been in an acceptable range until now. I am at a complete loss, and the only solution seems to have him swim around in pure spring water (which I can't afford at all).
Plus, in about 3 weeks I move back to school (8 hour drive, re-establishing tank) and I'm scared that with water problems going on all summer and then a stressful move I could lose him.
Help, please? :(