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  1. Question New filter,ammonia/NO2/NO3 rising!


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    Just switched from a HOB filter to a canister. I forgot to put old filter media in. about 30 hrs later i put the old filter media in the canister(they were still in a bucket of water). I always had 0 ammonia/NO2 and very low NO3. NOW i have .50 ammonia, .50 NO2, 60 PPM. I am doing 1-2 30-40% water changes a day now to keep them down . I just put in Fluval Carbon/ammonia remover(does not seem to help). PH has stayed the same.

    Fish seem to behaving normal other then my blue gourami who has been at the top of the tank in the corner.

    I was told my tank is cycling again... Best thing I should do at the moment? (I don't have another tank for them atm)

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    One of the best things you can do is to check your parameters daily and complete a large enough water change to keep your ammonia and/or nitrites at 0.25ppm or less and the nitrates at 20ppm or less. Your current situation is a lot like cycling with fish

    As your levels are higher than that right now, I would suggest a 75% water change as soon as you can. You need to bring those levels down. Check the parameters daily until your remaining bacteria has a chance to catch up

    Edit: I forgot to mention, make sure the return line from your canister filter is creating good water movement at the surface of the water. This will help to maintain the oxygen levels in your water
    Last edited by Cliff; 10-06-2013 at 08:11 PM.
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    The spray bar is at the top and making enough movement . About how long will this go on? Today is the 3rd day. Plus I am sure the fish the fish are getting very stressed out from everything.


    Doing a 75% water change ATM
    Last edited by Whiskers19; 10-06-2013 at 08:26 PM.

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    It depends upon how long it takes for an adequate amount of bacteria to grow in your filter - once your ammonia drops to 0 on its own and stays there, with 0 nitrites & 20ppm or less nitrates, you will be done and your fish will hopefully be happier.

    Until then, large water changes will keep your stressed fish happy.
    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
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    I just hope my fish survive this horrible mistake I made. I just purchased a Water changer hose so I am not lugging around 70 gallons of water a day.

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    I will assume this is a fairly new tank, or this would never have happened (or shouldn't have). Some live plants, especially floating, will help.

    The ammonia "remover" probably works by changing harmful ammonia into harmless ammonium. Most test kits will show ammonia and ammonia the same, as "ammonia." So that in itself is probably not a problem. Nitrite though is serious if it is above zero.

    Another help is to use a conditioner that detoxifies ammonia and nitrite during this time. Those that do are Prime by Seachem, Ultimate (forgotten who makes this), and AmQuel by Kordon. There are others that will deal with ammonia but not nitrite, though there might be others that handle nitrite, unknown to me.

    Byron.

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    Yeah it is still a new tank. It has been about 4 months after the cycle.
    I will get the Prime by Seachem. I have been using API Stress Coat+ .

    The ammonia remover is "Fluval Zeo-Carb, 150 Gram, 3-Pack Nylon Bags". I'm assuming I need to remove these from the canister once I get prime Seachem because of the carbon?.

    Water specs NOW ~
    NO2 - 0 ~Ammonia - .25 ~NO3 5.0 PPM

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whiskers19 View Post
    Yeah it is still a new tank. It has been about 4 months after the cycle.
    I will get the Prime by Seachem. I have been using API Stress Coat+ .

    The ammonia remover is "Fluval Zeo-Carb, 150 Gram, 3-Pack Nylon Bags". I'm assuming I need to remove these from the canister once I get prime Seachem because of the carbon?.

    Water specs NOW ~
    NO2 - 0 ~Ammonia - .25 ~NO3 5.0 PPM
    The Zeo-Carb is a combination of carbon and zeolite, both of which adsorb substances. Zeolite adsorbs ammonia, but only up to a point and that is when it is exhausted. I expect it will say in the instructions ho long it lasts. Carbon can release what it adsorbs back into the water when it is exhausted; I do not know if zeolite does this or not.

    No, you do not need to remove them if using Prime, or any other conditioner. Prime will detoxify ammonia, nitrite and nitrate by changing ammonia to ammonium (this is permanent), and by binding nitrite and nitrate somehow; this binding only lasts for 36-48 hours, after which according to Seachem the nitrite or nitrate if present will revert to being toxic. Which is why we all recommend daily or alternate day water changes using Prime to deal with cycling issues.

    Byron.

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    I have to wait till the 9th for the prime :( ;but I will keep up with huge water changes every day until my tank is cycled again. Thank you cliff,imma24, and Byron for all the info and help !

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    UPDATE- My water SEEMS to be getting better. Have been doing 75% water changes daily. Just tested befor water change ~ .25 ammonia , .25 NO2, 5.0 NO3 . I checked my canister filters bottom bucket(ceramic rings) and they are getting dirty! Test results after water change - NO3 0 . NO2 0 .NH3 0 . Should I keep up these 75% water changes once I start using Prime?

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