10-25-2013, 07:02 AM #1Junior Member Guppy
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Nutrafin Ammonia Test - Dark Brown result?
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.
10-25-2013, 02:06 PM #2
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.46 gal fw tank with black skirt tetras, neon tetras, spotted corys, cherry barbs, otoclinus, snails & 4 amano shrimp - plastic & live plants
5 gal QT
Remember: Our job is to take care of the water our fish live in
10-25-2013, 05:31 PM #3Junior Member Guppy
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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.
10-25-2013, 05:40 PM #4