No. I didn't realize her tapwater has nitrates. I must have misunderstood that part about the report from the water company.:dunno: Darn...:frustrated:bettababy said:Blue, did you make a typo? :roll:
Dana's tank is not yet cycled, not only 1 wk into the process. She said there were nitrate levels showing in her tap water, which would explain why she is showing low nitrates and they are dropping in the tank as the plants are consuming them.
She did mention in this thread she is using Freshwater Master Test Kit.This is always the hardest part for anyone, because its so tempting to add more fish. Please don't. The readings you have posted thus far tell me that your tank hasn't really begun to cycle yet, and it needs time. I am curious about the test kits you are using? (name brand and type <liquid, strips, dry tabs)
Lol..Must have overlooked my thread about red phantoms and flames.:bluelaugh: :mrgreen:The von rio tetra, aka, flame tetra:
This is not a very good pic, I couldn't find a good pic of them online. When they settle in, the body is a bright olive green and sparkles when the light hits it right, and the back and lower fins are a bright ruby red. This is one of the most colorful of all of the tetras I've seen, while still being sturdy and staying small. These are awesome fish! They mix with the platys, the danios, the otos, the corys, the botia loach, and the green fire tetras.
Yes, even with established media involved, it will still "take a while" to cycle. There are a few important things to note about cycling any tank:tinymitymo said:so it seems like even with established stuff added to the tank it's taking a while.
Ich is triggered easily of course when the fish is stressed due to lowered immunity but I am guessing this happens only when the ich has been in the tank for a long time and remaining undetected until the fish's weak immunity(brought by several factors-mostly stress-related factors :wink2: ) triggers susceptibility to ich. Ich is not part of the tank's ecosystem but rather serves as a 'contaminant' via unquarantined fish and equipments used in ich-infested tanks.bettababy said:The lemons tend to stress easy which usually causes ick.