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  1. Expert Opinion Please: Need Help Cycling!!! Getting ready for a Dwarf Puffer

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    Hi! New here, I am currently trying to cycle my tank. I have a 5g Fluvial Spec and have gotten (I think) everything I need. As for as water care I purchased the Tetra Safe Start and dumped the bottle in as the instructions told me to do to grow beneficial bacteria (yes I understand the nitrogen...
  2. Need Help with Nitrite Levels!!!

    Beginner Planted Aquarium
    Last weekend I finally took the plunge and switched from all gravel with fake plants to a dirted/ planted set up! I'm super happy with the look (except for the tanins from the driftwood used... despite having soaked it for a month ahead of time--- but that's another issue :-)) I have been...
  3. Added fish - nitrite spike/question

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    So I have a 5 gal tank that went through a fishless cycle last month, and after a week of testing consistently no nitrites or ammonia and little nitrates, where I thought it should be, I added fish, 6 ember tetras, two rcs and a nerite snail. I added them sunday, and noticed this morning the...
  4. Does Prime alter NitrIte Test Results?

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    One day after a 4x dose of Prime to my cycling tank, NitrIte levels dropped from between 2ppm and 5 ppm to near-zero. Coincidence (my level was pegged at 5+ ppm for about nine days)? Or does the manner in which Prime locks-up NitrItes alter the test results? I'm using API's Master Freshwater...
  5. Double Water Change... Safe?

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    I'm doing daily water changes in an attempt to reduce NitrIte in my new 20-gal freshwater tank. The tank has been running for a total of fourteen days, and fish have been in it for ten. Ammonia is under 0.25ppm, but NitrIte has been 5ppm or higher for a week. Today, I did a 40% water change...
  6. New tank...high nitrites need advise!

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    I'm new to this forum so i'd like to start with a hello to everyone. That being said, my tank is 120 gallon 48"x24"x24". I set it up, filled it with water. Ran about 5 days before i went to lfs to get some live plants. The lfs owner there talked me out of a fishless cycle and into a fish...
  7. Jewel Cichlid randomly dies, worried about the rest of my tank

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    I have a 55G tank with a TopFin Power 60 filter. Tank is kept at 78F, and testing shows high Ph (around 8) and hard water. Housed in the tank are: 1 Blood Red Parrot Cichlid 1 Jack Dempsey 1 Convict Cichlid (female) 1 Electric yellow cichlid 1 Jewel cichlid 1 pleco Ok so here is what happened...
  8. Fishless Cycling Problems?

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    Hi! So it has been about 3 weeks since I started a fishless cycle for my 36 gallon tank. We have the temperature at 82 F, the water line a little lower than usual, lights off, and all the air stones going. We are using pure ammonia to do the cycling. After 2 weeks, the nitrite level was at about...
  9. crushed coral/ nitrates and nitrites

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    i set up my 26 gal FW tank about 4 months ago and everything had been going awesome. i have 4 mollies, 6 tetras, a pleco and a snail. i'm running a marineland hang on tank canister filter rated for a 55. i've also got 6 live plants- 4 amazon swords, an umbrella plant, and some kind of shrub...
  10. New Tank & Filter+ Old Water HIGH NITRITES

    Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    I have a new 95 Gallon with a Fluval Fx5 (400Gal Filter / 925 G.P.H). I used 40 gallons from a well established tank to start up. Nitrites at 8ppm Nitrates 10 ppm. 7ph which i am trying to buffer. 77 degrees. i have 4 juvenille african cichlids in the tank to help with the cycle. i've been doing...
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