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    Hey all, I have owned and operated tanks for about 10 years now and i'm 23 years old. I just re-set up a 29g after moving and this is the first time I've actually tried to get the water just right (I started a 20L saltwater tank and got it all squared away so i figured I'd get my freshwater tanks in line:

    My 29G reads:


    pH good fine appears to be about 7

    Low alkalinity

    Hard water

    High Nitrates

    No chlorine and my nitrites are low but a little caution.


    I've read everything from add epsom salt to baking soda, what will optimize the water in this tank?

    Thank you.

    T

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    It's best to find fish that suit the water you have instead of changing the water to suit the fish. Did you check the ammonia in your tank? It appears your tank is not properly cycled because of a nitrite reading. The best thing to take care of nitrates is changing water, and if they are very high you need to change a lot of water. Do you have actual numbers for those nitrites and nitrates? The only things I see wrong with your water are some nitrites, high nitrates, and you didn't test for ammonia. If you really want to change your water parameters, you could use RO water, but that would have to be reconstituted with trace minerals and elements just like your salt water, but for freshwater.
    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
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    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.

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    Hey man thanks for the quick reply, and nice avatar. I have a shirt of that "not texas" I just moved to oklahoma

    Here's more of the actual numbers from the test:

    pH 7

    Alkalinity Between 0-40 (120-180 being ideal)

    No chlorine

    Hardness between 150 and 300

    Nitrite .5

    Nitrate 160 it looked like

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    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 
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    Quote Originally Posted by tcat View Post
    I just moved to oklahoma
    We'll overlook this for now.

    Are there fish in the tank because those nitrates are deadly high?
    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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    Yes there are about a dozen fish, two algae eaters, some neon tetras, some glow tetras, a gold fish, a clown loach, a couple others.

    Would nitrating/nitrifing {sp?} bacteria for saltwater tanks work ok to treat a freshwater tank?

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    No, that won't work the same way as it does in SW.

    I would suggest some daily 20% to 40% water changes to slowly bring down your nitrates well below 40ppm over the next few days

    What type of routine maintenance do you do on this set-up?
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
    "Not using a quarantine tank is like playing Russian roulette. Nobody wins the game, some people just get to play longer than others." - Anthony Calfo
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    Ok, so plan on changing about 10 gallons of water a day for the next couple days?

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    Yes, about that until your nitrates are at a safe level again

    Once that is done, perhaps we could talk about your stocking in this tank and maybe some ideas to help prevent you from being in this situation again
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
    "Not using a quarantine tank is like playing Russian roulette. Nobody wins the game, some people just get to play longer than others." - Anthony Calfo
    Fishless Cycle Cycling with Fish Marine Aquarium Info [URL="http://saltwater.aquaticcommunity.com/"]

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    Ok I will begin the water changes and can I run some ideas by you?

    I have a 75G that tests perfectly, should I add my goldfish and clown loach to that tank ? That way my 29 that's having the issues will be just tetras.

    75 G has a white koi, a small tan carp looking fish, one of those big black goldfish, a red tail shark , and a plecosthemus (sp?). Also told to lower the water temp for the goldfish and koi

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    The Koi is a cold water fish that will outgrow your 75 gallon tank and is best suited for a pond. It would be best to find your koi another more suitable home. Depending on what type of fish your big black gold fish is, you might have to rehome him as well.

    Your clown loach will also outgrow your 75 gallon and should be rehomed to a much larger tank than a 75 gallon where he can be kept in a school of clown loaches

    Certain types of plecos will also outgrow a 29 or 75 gallon tank as well.
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
    "Not using a quarantine tank is like playing Russian roulette. Nobody wins the game, some people just get to play longer than others." - Anthony Calfo
    Fishless Cycle Cycling with Fish Marine Aquarium Info [URL="http://saltwater.aquaticcommunity.com/"]

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