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  1. #11

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    Yes you want a reading of less than .5ppm ammonia and nitrite, if they are higher do a big enough water change to bring them under that mark. You will know when the tank is cycled when you have a reading of 0ppm for ammonia and nitrite, and there is some nitrate present. You also need to keep the nitrate under 20ppm. The fish will be the ammonia source so no need to add anything. Finding some media from an established tank will certainly help speed the process along.
    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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    Thanks, I'll let you know the test results. So ammonia and nitrites are bad, some nitrates in small amounts are ok, as its fish produce, waste etc. I'll get this cycling malarky one day lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by ampthetex View Post
    Hi, I tested the water today, there was no ammonia present, thats the first thing I thought, I think Nitrates was also zero, but I werent sure about the Nitrites reading. Ive read so many articles, etc. So how come you see people buy a tank and then put fish in the next day?, When I done it they drop dead. Just my luck.
    No. Those fish will have a 50% death rate in the first week. Just you don't see that.

    Judging from your first post

    I got a 120 litre tank, Ive had it since last October, I set it up let it run for a little then I put in some coldwater fish, oranda, goldish, lionhead, etc., well recently they started to die for no apparent reason.

    You insist on overstocking. An experienced fishkeeper knows a mere 120 is only useful for two ornamental goldfish, not a large collection.

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    Tested water today, nitrites are zero and nitrates are between 50-100.

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    A round for the fallen this Memorial Day weekend. - Compass I had no cup, so I put it on a bun... - Slaphppy7 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 for providing solid guidance to others - RiversGirl Thanks for the rep! :) - Compass cheers - Fishhook 
    Using up my winnings on my friends! - Compass No Message - Fishhook beeeeeeeer! - Sandz Bottoms up! (even though you don't drink, lol) - Slaphppy7 We miss you... - Compass 

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    That is too high for nitrates, they are toxic too at that level. You need to do a big water change to bring them down to under 20ppm.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by mommy1 View Post
    That is too high for nitrates, they are toxic too at that level. You need to do a big water change to bring them down to under 20ppm.
    Hi, Thanks for your reply, this is the bit I do not get, I flushed the whole tank yesterday and put in all fresh water, and treated it?

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    Why would it get to those levels already that fast?, I thought it had to go through the process of Ammonia - Nitrite - Nitrates ?, all I want is a tank with 2 fish lol Someone with a well established tank offered me some of there water to kickstart it?

  8. #18

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    A round for the fallen this Memorial Day weekend. - Compass I had no cup, so I put it on a bun... - Slaphppy7 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 for providing solid guidance to others - RiversGirl Thanks for the rep! :) - Compass cheers - Fishhook 
    Using up my winnings on my friends! - Compass No Message - Fishhook beeeeeeeer! - Sandz Bottoms up! (even though you don't drink, lol) - Slaphppy7 We miss you... - Compass 

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    Some fish have a larger bio-load than others. Meaning they produce more waste to be converted from ammonia to nitrite then to nitrate. It appears your tank might already be cycled because you have 0ppm ammonia and nitrite and some nitrate. But I wouldn't trust the readings just yet, it seems too soon. Have you tested your tap water for nitrates?

    There is nothing beneficial in used tank water. Old tank water is just dirty water with nitrates already in it. If you can get some of his used filter media that would be useful.
    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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    Hi Mommy1, There is no fish in the tank though?, I'll test my tap water now.

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    tap water shows possibly 25 on nitrate scale, nothing on nitrite. ph 7.2

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