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  1. #1

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    Default Nutrafin Ammonia Test - Dark Brown result?

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    Over the past 2 months I've been researching and slowly setting up a 10gal tank, and last week, I finally stocked 6 ember tetras to cycle. Everything has been going smoothly, except today one fish died. It went from reddish/clear to black/clear over a period of a few days. Today it was swimming higher than usual, and the other fish seemed to avoid it. So I quarantined it in my bucket and monitored it, and it died after a few hours. I really have no idea why, but it probably had something to do with the water parameters because it's a new tank.

    It's RO water. It went from a pH of about 6.7 up to 7.1 since stocking. I used neutralizer to bring it back down to 7.0. Then I went ahead to test the ammonia and nitrite levels (thinking it's still too early to test nitrates). Nitrites are up to 0.3, and I have no idea what the ammonia level is because the solution is dark brown and light will barely pass through it. I used the freshwater/saltwater test which has 3 reagents, and I followed the instructions, which said to put 7 drops of each in, shaking after each addition. I waited 20 minutes and still, it is dark brown. Has the reagent spoiled? I think I can still take it back to the store if that's the case.

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    1st of all, there is no need to add anything to change your pH - it won't stay stable during cycling anyway and will level off once the cycling is complete.

    2nd, what is your reading for ammonia? It should stay at around .25 - any higher than that and you need to do a water change to bring it down.

    If you are doing adequate water changes with the fish in there, your nitrites should also go no higher than .25.

    I also wouldn't add any more fish to that tank - I am thinking that 6 tetras is stocked though not sure how large they get when full grown.

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    This post is about the ammonia test - the results are dark brown! I tested tank water 3 times and tap water once to see what the deal is. I need to know if the kit is faulty or not.

    The fish only get up to about .75" in length. As to how many the tank could be stocked with - I have heard different answers from numerous sources. Ideally, I'd like to have 10-12 embers. The expert at my local store said that after cycling, with my aquaclear filter and regular maintenance, I could even go up to around 20 fish that size. Actually, AqAdvisor suggests that too. I really think I am going to stick to about 10-12 until I'm really comfortable with what I'm doing; it's my first tank after all.

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    I am not familiar with the Nutrafin test kit, most here use the API Liquid test kit...hopefully someone will reply who is familiar with that kit

    Cycling with fish can be tricky, and it is very stressful on the fish
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