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Thread: I have nitrates

  1. Default I have nitrates

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    Ok, here's how I stand with my 'glorified aquarium' on my porch.

    I'm still up there with the ph, but I'm not touching it yet. 8.2
    Ammonia is at 2
    Nitrites seem to be at 0
    Nitrates 10

    I 'think' I'm making progress. Thinking always gets me in trouble lol.

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    Looks like you can cut back on adding ammonia and look at adding fish once ammonia drops to a safe level. Do you have any pics?
    25 Gal - Tropical
    Custom made Wet/Dry/Sump Filter System, AquaClear 20 Powerhead, RenaCal Excel 300 Heater, artificial plants
    Fish - 7 Blackskirt Tetras, German Blue Ram, Bulldog Pleco, Assassin snail.
    "Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many advisers bring success." King Solomon.
    Pictures of my 10 Gal Sump Filtration project

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    Quote Originally Posted by ijankrom View Post
    Looks like you can cut back on adding ammonia and look at adding fish once ammonia drops to a safe level. Do you have any pics?
    Ammonia is 2 because that's the level you put it at, or the level was higher and has dropped to 2? How large is your tank?

    Also, even after the ammonia drops to 0, it's best to make sure the ammonia stays at 0 for a day (after adding some) and your nitrates are at a safe level before adding fish.

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    Ok my 'tank' is 89 gallons, give or take. The ammonia last week was much darker, appx 4. so it's dropped. I haven't been adding, just waiting for some movement with the nitrites and nitrates.

    At this point, I just want to make sure it levels out and warms up before I put my goldfish out.........the aquarium inside is about 8-10 degrees warmer. Well, and until I can be out there alot I'll be selfish and enjoy them inside.

    I tried to post a picture, but it gave me an error msg. sry, I'll try to figure that out

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    A cold tank takes longer to cycle than a warm tank. Bacteria loves heat and oxygen. If you want to achieve a faster cycle, then add a heater and bring the water up to 80 degrees. very patient and wait it out knowing it will take more time.

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    Well other than a trough heater, yes...any port in a storm (it's for next winter) I honestly don't have a heater big enough. We're starting to warm up down here.... cool today but in the 70's by the weekend. Tuesday's 80 degrees truly helped.
    Not in a big hurry, just nice know week by week...I'm getting there
    btw, I was able to post my photo to the gallery

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    That's good. Most cycles can be achieved in 2.5 weeks if all goes well and no one messes things up and I just wanted you to know that if you feel your cycle is taking a bit too long, that it will get there but just a bit slower.

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