10-25-2010, 01:14 AM #1
Interpreting my results and what to do
Hi everyone. I tested my water today (no fish in it yet) after not having tested it for about a month. My previous testing kit got ruined, and I just now got a new one. In the meantime I'd been adding a little bit of ammonia about every two days to try to keep things from stalling out. Here are my results from today:
Ammonia: 8ppm (!)
Nitrite: between 0 and 0.25ppm
Nitrate: somewhere between 80 and 160ppm
How should I interpret these results, and what can I do to get things into the normal ranges? I haven't added any ammonia for three or four days, so that wouldn't explain the big spike.
10-25-2010, 01:20 AM #2
10-25-2010, 01:25 AM #3
Thanks for the reply. After the water change, should I test the water immediately afterward, or add a little ammonia for a few days to see if it would go down?
10-25-2010, 01:32 AM #4
10-25-2010, 01:32 AM #5
I would test the water first before adding more ammonia.10 Gallon: Planted Red Cherry Shrimp
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10-25-2010, 01:36 AM #6
Thanks for the quick feedback! Just did the water change, and will post up results in about an hour to see where things stand.
10-25-2010, 03:33 AM #7
Did about a 75% water change and retested.
Ammonia: 8ppm still
Still way too much ammonia. I'm just going to do another water change soon I guess. I ran out of water conditioner, though, so I'll need to buy some more first.
10-25-2010, 03:37 AM #8
I would go all the way and take all the water out and restart. Test your tap water too and see what it has as a baseline.
Also, is this a new tank or an old one?75 gallon 5x Oreochromis nilotica, 1 Shubunkin, 2 comets, crawfish [from the local creek]
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