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  1. Default Help... Nitrites


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    Hi folks - I have run into a bit of trouble with the new 72g and my cardinals.... I lost one last night. I tested my params this morning and have the following:

    Ammonia - 0ppm
    Nitrites - 5ppm
    Nitrates - 20ppm

    Need to take some action... Doing a 25% wc - Now
    Mike
    120g Mixed Reef In Progress
    120g Reef Journal
    55g Freshwater - Out of Service
    My 55g Tank Remodel Project
    72g Bowfront -Out of Service

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    Are you certain those readings are accurate? You put those cardinals in that tank just a few days ago and if I remember correctly, you used seeded filter media and dosed with ammonia to make sure the cycle "took", it doesn't make sense the nitrite would be so high so quick and no ammonia. If the readings are correct, you need to do a much bigger water change, 25% will only bring the nitrites down to 3.75ppm, still much too high. To bring them down to tolerable levels you need to do two 75% changes or 1 near 100% change.
    When I go fishing I just place a sharp rock in the water and sit there waiting for all the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
    Brutal honesty will be shown on this screen.
    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
    Tolerance is a great thing to have, so is the ability to shut up.

    I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.


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    +1 to Badger, I was about to post the same thing.

    Liters to Gallons conversion calculator

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    I am relativley certain the readings were correct. I just changed about 25 % and am going to re test the params in about 15 minutes or so just to be sure. I had been dosing the tank daily with 4ml of ammonia that took the levels to .5ppm. I am puzzled on why this occurred.
    Mike
    120g Mixed Reef In Progress
    120g Reef Journal
    55g Freshwater - Out of Service
    My 55g Tank Remodel Project
    72g Bowfront -Out of Service

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    Ok - After 25% WC params are lower but still bad

    Nitrate is 5.0ppm
    Nitrite is - 1.0ppm

    Doing another 25% WC shortly.... What should I expect?
    Mike
    120g Mixed Reef In Progress
    120g Reef Journal
    55g Freshwater - Out of Service
    My 55g Tank Remodel Project
    72g Bowfront -Out of Service

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    A round for the fallen this Memorial Day weekend. - Compass I had no cup, so I put it on a bun... - Slaphppy7 You are amazing! So smart and giving. - SeaLady Can't give you any more rep, but well said! - steeler58 Thank again!! You seem to enjoy your coffee. - steeler58 
    Thanks for the rep!! - Compass this doesnt look like pie... not the right kind.. - Sandz for providing solid guidance to others - RiversGirl Thanks for the rep! :) - Compass cheers - Fishhook 
    Using up my winnings on my friends! - Compass No Message - Fishhook beeeeeeeer! - Sandz Bottoms up! (even though you don't drink, lol) - Slaphppy7 We miss you... - Compass 

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    Have you tested the tap water too? When you add fish sometimes mini-cycles happen, but it seems odd that the nitrite and nitrate readings would be 5ppm and 20ppm so soon.
    A 25% water change in a 72gallon would not bring nitrite from 5ppm to 1ppm, so I think you misread or tested wrong one of the times. I think it is very likely it's just a mini-cycle and you need to continue testing and changing water. 25% will bring the levels down by one fourth, so if nitrite is 1ppm a 25% change will bring it to .75%, better but still a bit high in my opinion. At this point, and again if the reading of 1ppm is accurate, two 50% or one 75% water change is needed.
    When I go fishing I just place a sharp rock in the water and sit there waiting for all the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
    Brutal honesty will be shown on this screen.
    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
    Tolerance is a great thing to have, so is the ability to shut up.

    I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.


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    OK - I have changed out about 50% - will test again shortly.
    Mike
    120g Mixed Reef In Progress
    120g Reef Journal
    55g Freshwater - Out of Service
    My 55g Tank Remodel Project
    72g Bowfront -Out of Service

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    Ok - Nitrites are now at .25ppm and trates are at 5ppm. time for more WC's.
    Mike
    120g Mixed Reef In Progress
    120g Reef Journal
    55g Freshwater - Out of Service
    My 55g Tank Remodel Project
    72g Bowfront -Out of Service

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    Good news... Nitrites are back to zero! Nitrates are at 5ppm.
    Mike
    120g Mixed Reef In Progress
    120g Reef Journal
    55g Freshwater - Out of Service
    My 55g Tank Remodel Project
    72g Bowfront -Out of Service

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    A round for the fallen this Memorial Day weekend. - Compass I had no cup, so I put it on a bun... - Slaphppy7 You are amazing! So smart and giving. - SeaLady Can't give you any more rep, but well said! - steeler58 Thank again!! You seem to enjoy your coffee. - steeler58 
    Thanks for the rep!! - Compass this doesnt look like pie... not the right kind.. - Sandz for providing solid guidance to others - RiversGirl Thanks for the rep! :) - Compass cheers - Fishhook 
    Using up my winnings on my friends! - Compass No Message - Fishhook beeeeeeeer! - Sandz Bottoms up! (even though you don't drink, lol) - Slaphppy7 We miss you... - Compass 

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    Very good, seems it was just a short mini-cycle and you handled it well. Keep testing daily for a few days to be sure it's over.
    When I go fishing I just place a sharp rock in the water and sit there waiting for all the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
    Brutal honesty will be shown on this screen.
    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
    Tolerance is a great thing to have, so is the ability to shut up.

    I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.


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