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post #11 of 21 Old 02-12-2015, 12:46 PM
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thanks warhawk! i didnt see your response until after i posted my todays readings. thank you for the advice. and yes... i washed off the white filter and blue filter pad in sink warm water (thats what the eheim directions said to do.... oops). didnt think of actually rinising it off in the bucket of tank water... thought it wouldnt clean it , since it was 'dirty' tank water.
okay. so now doing what i had already done..... what is the next step to get back on track?
Fish currently in tank are 2 plattys, 2 mollies, 2 tetras, 1 bumblebee chiclid, 1 common pleco, 7 neon tetras

I believe they say to rinse it in tank water rather than tap water because the chlorine in the tap might kill off the bacteria!
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post #12 of 21 Old 02-12-2015, 12:54 PM
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well that sucks sooooo at this point do i just not touch anything for the next few weeks (cleaning that is) and just limit food given? when should i remove water and replace again?

I would leave everything alone. Just feed light for a week or so. If the tank was cycled before I will cycle again must faster.

I have had cycles crash on the years and it does suck but mine always recover quick. Once you have Nitrates in the water again your cycled. I always give my bacteria about a month to get fully grown before I do any filter or gravel cleaning, water changes I still do ever week after it's cycled.


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post #13 of 21 Old 02-12-2015, 01:18 PM Thread Starter
[quote=Warhawk;5736026]I would leave everything alone.quote]

THIS will be easy for me to just 'not touch' since i will be out of town for a week. ....

i will be leaving all of the animal care to my husband while i am gone. I will have him check the ammonia levels after a few days.... if they are too high ... in the stress zone.... should just a little tank water removal and replace be sufficent? or still just leave it alone?
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post #14 of 21 Old 02-12-2015, 01:33 PM
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Yes a simple water change should be fine if they get above 1.0ppm Just make sure you add Prime or some kinda of water treatment.


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If you have already added prime or other chemicals, the ammonia could be locked and therefore already safe.

I would add some anacharis or other fast growing plants to consume the ammonia directly, remove carbon dioxide, and return oxygen to the water.

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maintain Fw and marine system with a strong emphasis on balanced, stabilized system that as much as possible are self substaning.

have maintained FW systems for up to 9 years with descendants from original fish and marine aquariums for up to 8 years.

With no water changes, untreated tap water, inexpensive lighting by first starting the tank with live plants (FW) or macro algae( marine)

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post #16 of 21 Old 02-12-2015, 02:35 PM Thread Starter
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If you have already added prime or other chemicals, the ammonia could be locked and therefore already safe.
the only thing i add to my tank is the Big Al's multipurpose aquarium water conditioner with each water change (to remove chlorine). The other thing i had added when i started up tank (and then a little capful here and there with water changes) was the API quickstart.

i have never really been a fan of 'live' aquarium plants..... just bad experience in the past so i just stayed away from them for years.
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post #17 of 21 Old 02-13-2015, 02:45 PM Thread Starter
The water seems more clear today..... ammonia level is about .5 , nitrate are somewhere between 0- 20 , nitrite is somewhere between 0 - .5, alkalinity 40, 6.8 ph and soft at about 75

does this all seem okay so far?

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The water seems more clear today..... ammonia level is about .5 , nitrate are somewhere between 0- 20 , nitrite is somewhere between 0 - .5, alkalinity 40, 6.8 ph and soft at about 75

does this all seem okay so far?

I don't normally worry about how clear my water is but I will add a extra HOB filter to mechanically filter the water if I'm moving rocks around or digging up the gravel that will clear things up nicely.

As for the numbers
Ammonia .5 is a little high
Nitrite .5 is a little high
Nitrate 0-20ppm isn't too bad depending on which number it's closer too.

I would do a water change say 30% that will drop your numbers. As you now are reading Nitrite and Nitrate it means the cycle is working so maybe it didn't fully crash. As long as your getting Ammonia and Nitrite readings I would do water changes 3 times a week. After they stay a 0 for 2-3 days you can drop back to water changes once a week. I would keep testing the water for at least a month to make sure it stays stable.

Also I find it very helpful to get a note book and to write down your readings and keep a record of them so you can look back over the changes.


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post #19 of 21 Old 02-13-2015, 03:24 PM Thread Starter
Thank you Warhawk for reviewing my numbers.
and yes, the Nitrate was closer to the low end (closer to zero)...... and the fish are still all just acting as normal as fish 'normal' can be .....
I do have a bubbler in each corner of the tank (i really like big fat bubbles) and also my ehiem filter return spray bar is just above the waterline to break the water surface (yes, i am one of the strange ones that like the water splashing sound) .... is this enough water agitation to get things moving about?

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post #20 of 21 Old 02-13-2015, 03:31 PM
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Your very welcome.

As for the water agitation that should be more then enough. One bubblier is normally enough but I have fish that enjoy playing in the current so I will add more to some tanks.


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