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post #1 of 3 Old 02-15-2019, 03:53 PM Thread Starter
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Hi everyone,

We set up our tank last Saturday and used a Pure Aquarium Bomb to introduce the necessary bacteria into the tank. I have a 34L Fluval Flex. Looking to keep a Betta and some small suitable tank mates. I have followed all other advised given by my local aquatics shop. I understand the nitrogen cycle and know that ammonia levels should be low but there should be an increase in nitrates before adding fish to ensure there's sufficient healthy bacteria. I was just keen to get an opinion on my readings so far. I'm using the Tetra liquid kits.

Sunday 10th Feb:
Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0.3 mg/l
Nitrate: 13 mg/l

Friday 15th Feb:
Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0.3 mg/l
Nitrate: 50 mg/l

We will do a water change to reduce the nitrate before adding fish. Hoping to introduce fish next weekend but will not rush of its not ready.


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post #2 of 3 Old 03-19-2019, 05:39 PM
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I am no expert, but I think that maybe another week or two could be beneficial, just to be sure the tank maintains stable readings.

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post #3 of 3 Old 03-20-2019, 12:19 AM
You're about ready for the betta. It would be a good idea to stick some pothos in the tank/filter (just the roots) and/or add some hardy plants. Wisteria, anubias, java grow well without special substrate and will help keep things stable. Plus your betta will display more natural and playful behavior. Keep us updated
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