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post #1 of 37 Old 01-22-2007, 06:54 PM Thread Starter
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High Nitrite Levels

Hello....we have a 2.5 gallon tank (my 3yr old son's birthday present from his aunt - we also have a 29G that is cycling now) that we haven't been able to keep anything alive in for long. He started with a fancy Goldfish from his aunt that quickly died. We then got a pair of yellow fancy tail guppies. One lasted about 2 weeks, the other one is very pale and his tail is almost transparent. Tested his tank tonight and 0 Ammonia but 5ppm Nitrite and 0-5 Nitrates. I am thinking I should take it out and put it in the 29G. Would that do any damage or hurt my cycling tank that has 10 Danios? Is there anything I can do to the 2.5 to get it to cycle and stay cycled? It has the smallest whisper filter out there, and there does not appear to be any media for bacteria colonies.....

Trying to salvage teh 2.5 tank as his aunt (wife's sister) would be offended, but if a 2.5 is not a tank that can be worked with, I will get a 10 or 15 instead. Please let me know if it would be ok to move that fish into the 29G....


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post #2 of 37 Old 01-22-2007, 07:11 PM
try putting some cultured gravel in the tank. If you cant do that buy a bottle of live bacteria like stress zyme or bio-spira
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post #3 of 37 Old 01-22-2007, 07:16 PM
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bio-spira works best for me.if that helps any.im tryin.
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post #4 of 37 Old 01-22-2007, 07:44 PM Thread Starter
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Did about a little over a 50% water change and the Nitrites are down to .5, so that's better. But with a tank this small will we have to do daily water changes?
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post #5 of 37 Old 01-22-2007, 07:46 PM
well i would reccomend you using cultured gravel than using chemicals since cultured gravel has a 99% chance of speeding you up while bacteria has a 50% chance (the percentages are not facts, just my opinion
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well i would reccomend you using cultured gravel than using chemicals since cultured gravel has a 99% chance of speeding you up while bacteria has a 50% chance (the percentages are not facts, just my opinion
True.
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post #7 of 37 Old 01-22-2007, 07:59 PM
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well i would reccomend you using cultured gravel than using chemicals since cultured gravel has a 99% chance of speeding you up while bacteria has a 50% chance (the percentages are not facts, just my opinion
I have no access to cultured gravel, Could I maybe put some bio-balls in the bottom of the tank to help create the bio filter in this tank? Is it an exercise in futility with a small tank like this?
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i dont think that would be a problem.
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post #10 of 37 Old 01-22-2007, 08:21 PM
no, it might work but it would be a waste of money, what type of filter do you use?
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