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post #1 of 19 Old 05-10-2012, 04:36 PM Thread Starter
Can someone help me with my water parameters?

The 75 gal's parameters are: ammonia 0ppm
ph 7.8
nitrate 10ppm
nitrite 0

the 55 gal's parameters are: ammonia .25
ph 7.8
nitrite 10ppm
nitrite 0ppm

Both are well planted. The question is, what do I need to do to improve the parameters? I do weekly water changes of about 50%.
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post #2 of 19 Old 05-10-2012, 04:50 PM
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10 ppm nitrates is perfectly exceptable, hard to keep it at 0 , as for the 55, you have nitrite typed twice but same goes for nitrates , ammonia of .25 isnt bad but should be zero, what is the stocking in this tank? If your really concerned try more water changes but really 10ppm is fine
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post #3 of 19 Old 05-10-2012, 04:51 PM
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Can you check your post.... do you have a typo in the 55 gallon list? NitrAte?
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post #4 of 19 Old 05-10-2012, 05:00 PM Thread Starter
..the 55g, i have learned since reading TFK, i'm over stocked and certain fish should not "fin" together. Am learning the hard way.
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post #5 of 19 Old 05-10-2012, 05:11 PM Thread Starter
Hanky, thank you for your reply so quick. I've had the tank over two years now and up to today, I've had no problems. I am also going to figure out what to de-populate of.
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post #6 of 19 Old 05-10-2012, 05:20 PM
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overstocking will cause ammonia, What do you have in there? being a bit overstocked can be ok if you do enough water changes and have extra filtration just my opinion though and others will say get rid of some fish.
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post #7 of 19 Old 05-10-2012, 06:32 PM Thread Starter
Here's the inventory in the 55g.

2 platys
5 "pork chops"
7 glass cats
6 corys
1 botia (2")
1 pleco (2")
3 sunset gouramis
2 up-side down cats
3 (unwanted) chinese algae eaters, ( however they have cleaned the tank of algae, but they do pick on a few select fish)
3 horse face loaches
2 zebra danios
3 blood fins
1 widow maker
1 brown African knife

Way too much, now I know. What would you do?
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post #8 of 19 Old 05-10-2012, 08:29 PM
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The Chinese Algae Eater, I would recommend to GO, they are aggressive, messy and stop eating algae when older.

The Upside Catfish need to be in groups of 3 or more.
Bloodfin Tetra need to be in groups of 5 or more.
Zebra Danio also need to be in groups of 5 or more.

Most Pleco require driftwood in the tank so you would need that, it also depends on what pleco it is, some can get over a foot long which is way too much for your tank.

Gourami need a well planted tank.

You need to pick which fish you would like to keep and we can then offer suggestions for your tank.

There is going to have to be A LOT of changes though.

10g Fry / Hospital / QT tank (as needed)

75g Saltwater Reef, Ocellaris Clownfish, Lyretail Antias (baby), Lemon damsel, Longtail Fairy Wrasse, purple dottyback, snails, crabs and a few LPS corals.

220g Still sitting empty (come on Lottery I need the numbers to come up!)
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post #9 of 19 Old 05-10-2012, 09:34 PM
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I agree with Tazman, you'll need to decide if you want 10-15 smaller fish or just a few larger fish.

The knife fish will get up to a foot long and should be in a larger tank.

I would keep the cories and get rid of some loaches, ( personal preference for me though, I like cories)

get rid of chinese algae eaters,

hopefully your pleco is a bristlenose and not a common, commons will get way to big for your tank.

dont feel bad, alot of people overstock when they start out, main thing is you realize it and are making adjustments.
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post #10 of 19 Old 05-10-2012, 10:00 PM Thread Starter
Thanks so much, I'm taking notes and taking advice. I'll figure which other ones to fish out other then the ones mentioned

I thought the Brown African Knife stayed at a 4 to 6 inch length and the pleco is a small one, it was called a "clown" pleco. If that is correct, I don't know, but it's about 2" for over two years now. Maybe I should let those two go also. Hmmmmmm. I'll think it out and post a thread.. Y'all have been super help!
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