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post #1 of 8 Old 04-06-2007, 11:56 PM Thread Starter
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test result questions

so i tested my tank last night and i just want to make sure everything is ok.

ph = 8.0
ammonia = 0.8 mg/L
nitrate = 10 mg/L
nitrite = 0.4 mg/L
alkalinity = 3.0mEq/L

the tank has been set up for 14 days, with fish in it for about 9 days.

is there anything i need to worry about with my test results?

and how will i know when it is cycled?
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post #2 of 8 Old 04-07-2007, 06:53 AM
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so i tested my tank last night and i just want to make sure everything is ok.

ph = 8.0
ammonia = 0.8 mg/L
nitrate = 10 mg/L
nitrite = 0.4 mg/L
alkalinity = 3.0mEq/L

the tank has been set up for 14 days, with fish in it for about 9 days.

is there anything i need to worry about with my test results?

and how will i know when it is cycled?
Theres alot you need to worry about. There should be no ammonia or nitrite. For the nitrate it can be 20 or below. The alkalinity is to low should be between 8-11. How big is your tank and how many fish are there? Yur tank will take about 6-8 weeks to cycle. What you can do to not let this be a problem is monitor the water and do water changes. I would do a water change today. Any trace amounts of ammonia is bad for the fish.
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post #3 of 8 Old 04-07-2007, 08:38 AM
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yeah, and you ph should be around 8.4 if you ask me, unless ou had 8 when it was the middle of the day. SO DO A WATER CHANGE
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post #4 of 8 Old 04-07-2007, 02:04 PM Thread Starter
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i was told i shouldn't do a water change till my tank is cycled.
so i should do one today?
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post #5 of 8 Old 04-07-2007, 02:46 PM Thread Starter
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also according to my test kit directions it says alkalinity should be between 2.5-4.0 mEq/L
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post #6 of 8 Old 04-07-2007, 03:51 PM
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if there are fish in your tank you should do a water change for them, if there are no fish then no water changes during cycling
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post #7 of 8 Old 04-07-2007, 04:06 PM Thread Starter
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i searched around online and read what you said.
so i just did a water change. the water looks much better, i'm gonna test it again tonight.

thanks guys
i'm still new to the saltwater thing.
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post #8 of 8 Old 04-07-2007, 04:11 PM
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its ok, we all start somewhere. thats what we are here for, to help. :)
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