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wcw1223
02-26-2010, 11:13 PM
I just ran my water test and got the below results. Now I need to know what to do.

PH: 7.6
Ammonia: 0.25
Nirite: 0.25

Cliff
02-26-2010, 11:22 PM
I just ran my water test and got the below results. Now I need to know what to do.

PH: 7.6
Ammonia: 0.25
Nirite: 0.25

How far along are in the cycling process ?

Have you been testing for nitrates as well ?

Lukenasia
02-26-2010, 11:23 PM
It means that your tank isn't cycled yet, what size is the tank,what are the fish inside it and how long has it been set up for?

Also a NitrAte reading would be helpfull as well

The best course of action would to be doing a water change right away, something like 50% to get those levels down, both are toxic to fish and can cause serious damage.

P.S. you posted in the wrong section but hopefully a nice mod will move it for you :22:

wcw1223
02-27-2010, 12:05 AM
How far along are in the cycling process ?

Have you been testing for nitrates as well ?

We set it up 2-11-10 3 weeks as of today

annageckos
02-27-2010, 12:07 AM
Do you have fish in the tank? If so do a water change now.

wcw1223
02-27-2010, 12:10 AM
It's a 29 gallon I have and I have fancy Goldfish. I will have to do the other test and get back to you.

wcw1223
02-27-2010, 12:20 AM
Do you have fish in the tank? If so do a water change now.


PH: 7.6
Ammonia: 0.25
Nirite: 0.25
The Nitrate is 0

Cliff
02-27-2010, 12:27 AM
Your tank is not cycled yet. I would complete a 50% water change then recheck all parameters in the morning

wcw1223
02-27-2010, 12:47 AM
Your tank is not cycled yet. I would complete a 50% water change then recheck all parameters in the morning

Thanks I just did a 50% changes and will retest in the morning.

Bill

Cliff
02-27-2010, 12:55 AM
Thanks I just did a 50% changes and will retest in the morning.

Bill

Keep us posted

wcw1223
02-27-2010, 04:15 PM
Keep us posted

I re-tested this morning and below are the results. The Nitrite was a little hard to read it was something between 0 & 0.25 or at least appeared that way to me.

PH: 7.6
Ammonia: 0
Nirite: 0.25
The Nitrate is 0

Cliff
02-27-2010, 05:28 PM
Looks like you water changes yesterday helped quite a bit. Ammonia gone and sounds like your nitrite has improved a lot too.

I would test again in the morning and then a 20% water change if anything has gone up.

You should test every day until ammonia and nitrite are both at 0 and you start to see nitrate, completing water changes when/if ammonia and nitrite increased

smaug
02-27-2010, 05:31 PM
what type test kit is it?How big is your filter and what type is it?

wcw1223
02-27-2010, 06:41 PM
Looks like you water changes yesterday helped quite a bit. Ammonia gone and sounds like your nitrite has improved a lot too.

I would test again in the morning and then a 20% water change if anything has gone up.

You should test every day until ammonia and nitrite are both at 0 and you start to see nitrate, completing water changes when/if ammonia and nitrite increased
Thanks Cliff,

I appreciate all the help

wcw1223
02-27-2010, 06:46 PM
what type test kit is it?How big is your filter and what type is it?

I am using the API Master Kit. I have a Oceanic Bio-Cube and using the filter that came with it's about 3"x7.5".

smaug
02-27-2010, 08:10 PM
I am using the API Master Kit. I have a Oceanic Bio-Cube and using the filter that came with it's about 3"x7.5".
I always like to ask that,so many people are still using the lousy dip strips.Just keep up with the wc and be modest with the feedings.

wcw1223
02-27-2010, 08:43 PM
I always like to ask that,so many people are still using the lousy dip strips.Just keep up with the wc and be modest with the feedings.

Will do and thanks a million

Bill

wcw1223
03-01-2010, 03:04 PM
Good morning all I just retested my water and below are the results. Should I do weekly or daily water changes and what is the best percentage to do? The water is much clearer but it is still a little cloudy (white).

PH: 7.6
High PH 7.8
Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0.25
The Nitrate is 40 PPM

Thank You,
Bill

Cliff
03-01-2010, 05:12 PM
Good morning all I just retested my water and below are the results. Should I do weekly or daily water changes and what is the best percentage to do? The water is much clearer but it is still a little cloudy (white).

PH: 7.6
High PH 7.8
Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0.25
The Nitrate is 40 PPM

Thank You,
Bill


Have you tested your tap water for nitrates ? Sorry, but I didn't think to ask this earlier.

The reason why I ask is that nitrates can get into a safe water supply and potentially miss lead you in understanding your test results. When you see nitrates in the water (especially at a count of 40 with no ammonia) it looks like you are starting to get close to the end of the cycling process.

You really want your levels to be at:

Ammonia – 0
Nitrite – 0
Nitrate – less than 20
PH 7.0

I would not worry about your PH unless your fish require a deferent PH range. The level of 7.0 is a prefect level and not necessarily what you need or could safely maintain. If your PH level is stable at 7.6, I would not mess with it. Most fish can adapt to 7.6 a lot easier than they can handle PH swings. You can research the PH needs of your fish on this forum by looking up there common or scientific name (link below). My fish require a PH range of between 7.0 and 8.0 so I leave my PH at 7.4 to 7.6 which is the level right out of the tap.

As you are cycling with fish, I would be doing at least 20% daily water changes and testing the water about 2 to 4 hours after completing the water change. If you nitrate and nitrite levels are still high, increase the next day’s water change to 50% and keep it there until your levels have reduced.

I hope this helps

http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fish/

Cliff
03-01-2010, 05:28 PM
Have you doing anything else, like adding plant ferts or something like that?

The reason why I ask is that it just occured to me that your nitrate levels went from 0 to 40 in 3 days. Thats a big jump.

I just want to make sure this is normal and there is nothing else going on in the tank that could cause this.

Has anyone else seen a increase like this while cycling with fish ???

wcw1223
03-01-2010, 06:14 PM
Have you doing anything else, like adding plant ferts or something like that?

The reason why I ask is that it just occurred to me that your nitrate levels went from 0 to 40 in 3 days. That’s a big jump.

I just want to make sure this is normal and there is nothing else going on in the tank that could cause this.

Has anyone else seen an increase like this while cycling with fish???

Cliff,

I tested the tap water and it is 0, I have not added anything to the tank. The first time I ran the Nitate test I failed to follow the instruction completely. :11:

I didn't shake the test tube for one minute before waiting the 5 minutes to read the test.

Bill

Cliff
03-01-2010, 06:22 PM
LOL :shappy:

Well that certainly explains the wide swing.

I was getting a little concerned there was something wrong

wcw1223
03-01-2010, 06:43 PM
LOL :shappy:

Well that certainly explains the wide swing.

I was getting a little concerned there was something wrong

I was too. Oh well live and learn (blush) . You have been a tremendous help. I hope I can return the favor at some point.

Bill

Cliff
03-01-2010, 07:01 PM
Here's the best way to return the favor: Keep posting, stay an active member, and pass along your knowledge to others as you gain knowledge yourself.

Oh ya, some pics of your tank would be nice too :shappy:

wcw1223
03-01-2010, 07:38 PM
Here's the best way to return the favor: Keep posting, stay an active member, and pass along your knowledge to others as you gain knowledge yourself.

Oh ya, some pics of your tank would be nice too :shappy:

I hope I become knowledgeable enough to help at some point. The wife and were talking about how many mistakes we had made and how much we have leaned in just a week. Thanks to this forum and you in particular. We never intended to get this deep into fish keeping but it has turned out to be interesting and fun. Here a shot of the tank.

wcw1223
03-07-2010, 03:15 PM
I might have gotten it right. We changed out the marbles to gravel yesterday. I reserved 15 gallons of the current water and added 15 gallons of fresh. Waited 24 hours and tested and got the below results.

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PH: 7.6
Ammonia: 0
Nirite: 0
The Nitrate:0