06-11-2012, 12:50 AM
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My nitrites are always 0 and nitrates are around 20. Nothing ever fluctuates in my tank and that is what's puzzling. The kits work right because while i was cycling i saw the ammonia go up to 1.25, I saw the nitrites being very high, and then the nitrates started to rise. But since the tank is cycled it's always exactly the same thing. 0.25 ammonia, 0 nitrite, 20 nitrate.
Yes there is ammonia in my tap water. Come to think of it.... If there is 0.25 in my tap water than that must mean I've never actually seen the ammonia ever being at 0 anywhere.... Maybe the kit is the problem. I'll test the ammonia tomorrow with the nutrafin's kit. I never use their ammonia test because it's much less precise. The first graduation is 0.6 and the card shows and almost transparent color so it's basically impossible to know if you have nothing or 0.25 ....
I'll try feeding less although I'm a bit reluctant about that since I now have 20 babies and those 3 4 month old that need to be fed often.
Sadly I'm anticipating she will probably be dead by tomorrow....