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  1. Nitrates. I don’t know what to do!

    Advanced Freshwater Discussion
    Here are my specs: 55 Gallon Freshwater Tank Heavily Planted Marineland Penguin 350 Filter 2 Airstones 25 Mollies 78 Degrees Ph 7 Ammonia 0 Nitrite 0 Nitrate 180+ In 3 months I’ve not been able to get my nitrates under control. I’ve been doing 20-30% water changes weekly using distilled water...
  2. Fish are just dropping over :(

    Freshwater and Tropical Fish
    Tank: 125gallon Filtration: FX5 12 Assorted African Cichlids(about 2-3 inches) Ammonia: 0 Nitrite: 0 Nitrate: 20 Ph: 7.6 Lava Rock with sand Fishless cycle took about 2 months and followed it to the letter. Tank has been up and running with fish for 2 months now. Ok here is the scoop. About...
  3. Poorly Platy in new aquarium?

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    Hello, I am new to tropical fishkeeping and have a new 55 litre tank that I have cycled using the fishless method. It has an internal filter and is not planted as I don't yet have a light. I bought 6 x Platys last Wednesday and have been monitoring levels since, ammonia and nitrite are at 0.1...
  4. Help! Nitrate spike in established tank

    Introduce Yourself
    Hi all I'm hoping you can provide me with some help and guidance. We have an 89 litre bout tank. It's about three years old and has been cycled for about the same time. The nitrate levels have been stable at 20 for months. We've now had a sudden spike. I did a water change on Saturday...
  5. Ammonia going down but no nitrites.

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    I'm in the process of cycling my 20 gallon tank and the ammonia levels have steadily been going down, but there have been no nitrites whatsoever. Right now my readings are 0 ammonia, 0 nitrites, & 5 nitrates.
  6. Nitrate spike

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    Just checked my water today and discovered my nitrate is at 80ppm nitrite is 0 and ammonia is 0. I'm guessing a water change is needed? Why so much nitrate
  7. The Nitrogen Cycle

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    Welcome to another episode of Aquahound's Dirty Little Secrets! In this episode I explain the Nitrogen Cycle aka "The Silent Killer" which is one of the most misunderstood topics in the fish keeping hobby today. Every new tank goes through this cycle and it is important to understand how and why...
  8. High nitrate levels

    Water Chemistry
    We have a 125 gallon saltwater tank with a HOB Red Octopus protein skimmer with live sand, live rock and crabs and snails. Wanting to add fish and later some soft coral, but we are having trouble with high nitrate levels. All other water qualities are good. After reading another post, we...
  9. Cycling New Freshwater tropical Tank and failing!

    Freshwater and Tropical Fish
    Hi fellow tankers, I need your help. I purchased a tank on NYE, and have spent the past 5 and half weeks trying to get it to cycle. I have got a small 45litre tank which I have got fake plants in and gravel. I am getting readings, and have been for the past few weeks as follows: Ammonia...
  10. Lowest cost and easiest way to eliminate green hair, bubble, turf and slime algae

    DIY Aquarium
    Lowest cost and easiest way to eliminate green hair, bubble, turf and slime algae from your aquarium (hopefully permanently). This new test version of the algae scrubber is much easier to build than the waterfall version (the Mega Powerful one), and is perfect for nano's. This new scrubber has...
  11. 10 gal. cycling question

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    Hi! Thanks in advance for your help. I'm cycling a 10 gal., Aquaclear 30 filter with 2 sponges, set on low (still puts out good water flow) and today is day 16. Alas, I don't have ammonia or nitrite test kits. Nitrates are steady over the past 2 or 3 days at 10ppm ?? I have put in a very...
  12. Nitrogen Cycle Question

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    Hi this is my first post so hopefully I'm not asking something that's already been answered. I have been cycling a 55 gal tank for a little over a month now and everything seemed to be going ok, I am using 8 cherry barbs and 1 small plant. The ammonia went up, then came down as the nitrite went...
  13. Severe guppy deaths but no disease

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    I have had my 29 gallon all live plant aquarium running since March 2010. I've had guppies and endlers since May 2010. They have been thriving for all of this time. I have amazon swords (reproduced to make 3 bunches), java fern, banana plant, dwarf lilly bulb (that has shot off tons of lilly...
  14. How do I know when my Aquarium has fully cycled?

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    I've had my fish in my aquarium for a few weeks now (since 29th December 2010) and they are showing no signs of ammonia poisoning. I was just wondering how do i know when the enviroment has fully cycled? :roll: Cheers
  15. need help with Nitrite and Nitrate

    Water Chemistry
    Are my levels ok or can I get them down lower? I have been fighting with my nitrate and nitrite since I have started my tank about 6 months ago. I cant seem to get them any lower. Algae doesn't seem bad. I am doing a 20% water change once a week. I have read that if I remove the bio wheel from...
  16. 29 gallon tank still not cycling after 5 days

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    Hey, I got a 29 gallon tank for Christmas and set it up the same day. I had heard about fishless cycling before, but I have never used it. I put fish food in to put in ammonia and turned up the heat to about 82 degrees F. I didn't leave the light on, but I turned it on today. Today I got back...
  17. I need a crash course in nitrates for dummies!

    Beginner Saltwater Aquariums
    Hi everyone. so I have two problems 1. I did an API 5 in 1 Test strip and my results for the Nitrates were reading 200! Yikes!:shock: According to the box, that's a little high. So how do I lower it? Everything I found says to use distilled water, but that helps for the future. I need to get...
  18. High Nitrate and Alkalinity

    Water Chemistry
    Hello, I need some advise on my tank. I have a 60gal that has been established for 2 years. In the tank is roughly 20lbs. live rock, 1 tomoato clown, 1 banana wrasse, 1 midnight dwarf angel, 1 blue tang, 8 turban snails, 1 tube anemone. Everyone is doing fine with no signs of stress. I run...