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Thread: I have nitrates
04-10-2013, 03:44 PM #1
I have nitrates
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
I 'think' I'm making progress. Thinking always gets me in trouble lol.
04-10-2013, 04:25 PM #2
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 - 6 Blackskirt Tetras, 4 Red Wag Platy's, 2 Silver Hatchet's, German Blue Ram, Bulldog Pleco, 2 assassin snails.
"Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many advisers bring success." King Solomon.
Pictures of my 10 Gal Sump Filtration project
04-10-2013, 05:54 PM #3
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.46 gal fw tank with black skirt tetras, neon tetras, spotted corys, green corys, 1 guppy, cherry barbs, otoclinus, snails & 4 amano shrimp - plastic & live plants
5 gal QT with green corys & 2 guppies
04-10-2013, 06:14 PM #4
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
04-10-2013, 06:17 PM #5
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. Or.......be very patient and wait it out knowing it will take more time.
04-10-2013, 06:20 PM #6
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
04-10-2013, 06:45 PM #7
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.