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  1. also his name is Vergil, and is 6 months old...

    also his name is Vergil, and is 6 months old based on size being 2 inches so almost adult growth.
  2. My new betta fish, which actually caught the ammo...

    My new betta fish, which actually caught the ammo alert in the picture showing that the ammo is safe. my ph is reading 7.4 according to the ph alert. That means that the ammo reading on my api test...
  3. I think it's just the quality of my water. my...

    I think it's just the quality of my water. my NITRATES were still at 10ppm after my 1/4 water change today (focused on the gravel where there was much less diatoms this time). I've seen other...
  4. Yes i haven't done a WC since the last one i...

    Yes i haven't done a WC since the last one i reported, that's why i was asking if i should do one. but i always wait twenty four hours between tests.
  5. do you want me to do another wc today and wait...

    do you want me to do another wc today and wait two more days and if it's still consistent then i should be able to get a betta or should i chalk it up as a loss on cycling because of how hard my...
  6. 8.0 ph currently but i have seen my tap water up...

    8.0 ph currently but i have seen my tap water up to 8.2 before too depending on season

    i don't use any solutions to adjust ph
  7. took my readings again today, used the 1ml...

    took my readings again today, used the 1ml syringe to take the sample water from the aquarium for all three vials. Ammo is .25. Nitrates are 10ppm and NITRITES are zero ppm (the color hasn't...
  8. I know that the aqueon substrate was 2 to 3...

    I know that the aqueon substrate was 2 to 3 months old. However with the amount of root tabs in the substrate initially it could have affected the leaching process. My tap water comes with .25...
  9. generic black gravel and this substrate...

    generic black gravel and this substrate https://www.petco.com/shop/en/petcostore/product/aqueon-plant-and-shrimp-aquarium-substrate. I know i was told that the second one from aqueon leeches ammo,...
  10. shaking both bottles before the test and...

    shaking both bottles before the test and following the directions of adding 8 drops bottle one shaking the vial, then eight drops bottle two and letting it sit five minutes. should i open the new...
  11. still show .25 ammo and 10ppm of NITRATE that...

    still show .25 ammo and 10ppm of NITRATE that leads me to believe i still have some diatoms in my substrate. I killed and crushed another snail today but it got away from me before i could pull it...
  12. purchases made

    purchased these on amazon.com to arrive tomorrow. 250ML bottle of prime and a 20 pack of plastic 1ml syringes. the price for both was just under 20.00.
  13. how many drops of prime did you say for a 5...

    how many drops of prime did you say for a 5 gallon tank? I have eyedroppers that i got from walgreens that i use when getting testing water into the testing vials. I know that the makers of ammo...
  14. did a WC and cleaned the sides of my aquarium...

    did a WC and cleaned the sides of my aquarium (not the filtration area) of the algae remains and the brown diatoms (there was enough brown diatoms on the tank walls to lead me to believe it's also...
  15. waited 15+ minutes after dechlorinator to add the...

    waited 15+ minutes after dechlorinator to add the water to the tank to top off. used my fish net with the lights off mode to get as much of the hair algae i could see off the gravel and any loose...
  16. i have to let the refil water set 15 minutes with...

    i have to let the refil water set 15 minutes with the dechlorinator i have on hand right? it's not seachem but it is a dechlorinator

    also should i be concerned about those high NITRATES? NO i...
  17. no i have not topped off any water in fact my...

    no i have not topped off any water in fact my water level is 4-6 inches below the max level from the tank. i just did three tests .25 AMMO (used paper version), ZERO TRITES and 40ppm trates. i was...
  18. I haven't tested today yet...i will test all...

    I haven't tested today yet...i will test all three today.
  19. decreased the light to four hours per day. might...

    decreased the light to four hours per day. might have the growth slow or stop on the jungle val runner that remains in my tank. I have a feeling the algae is what's contributing to the ammo reading...
  20. i dialed my time back to turn off at 4pm for now....

    i dialed my time back to turn off at 4pm for now. there's no direct light coming from the window closest to the tank either as i always keep those blinds shut..
  21. Lights are on 10am to 7PM is that too long?

    Lights are on 10am to 7PM is that too long?
  22. I have green hair algae that are recurring in my...

    I have green hair algae that are recurring in my tank. this was happening before i even took the crypto out. short of dosing with antibiotics which will ruin everything in my cycle thus far what...
  23. cleaned off some more diatoms/possible blue green...

    cleaned off some more diatoms/possible blue green algae off the side of my aquarium. tried to squish a snail today and missed. so am waiting for it to show up again because it fell to the...
  24. today .25 AMMO, ZERO NITRITES and 10ppm NITRATE...

    today .25 AMMO, ZERO NITRITES and 10ppm NITRATE
    Bought another box of the liquid ammo tests in case i need it before i'm finished cycling. NOTHING added to tank.
  25. no i crush them with my fingers then pull them...

    no i crush them with my fingers then pull them out of the tank and dispose of them. if there are any that died on their own they might be in the gravel/substrate. but any that i saw i crushed...
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