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  1. #1

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    Hi I've just purchased my 4th tank and I'm experiencing something strange. I was wondering if anyone could help.

    Sorry if it's drawn out a bit I just want to explain the situation.

    Tanks I have are:

    200L tropical with 30 or so assorted fish
    Everything is perfect 10% water change once a week never had a spike.
    Attachment 184231

    20L shrimp tank
    Same as above no problems
    Attachment 184232

    120L brackish SG 1.005 varies a little. 5 bumblebee Gobies
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    This is my first problem:

    Ammonia test always goes cloudy but still yellow
    Nitrites 0
    Ph 8.2
    Temp 28-29
    KH 5-6

    So do I need to purchase a salt water ammonia test kit for brackish?

    Second problem:

    Yesterday I purchased a 30L tank to put the goby shell inc eggs into. (To save my trying to catch the fry before they get eaten)
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    Now I filled is 70% with brackish water from the 120L and topped the rest up from the tap. Using prime and easy life filter fluid medium.

    I took the internal filter out of the 120L (still have a hob and a sponge filter in there) and put it in the 30L I also put another sponge filter in the 30L

    A few hours later I test it just to be sure
    Ammonia still cloudy but yellow
    Nitrite .50ppm
    Ph dropped to 8.0
    Temp 28
    KH 4

    So can someone please tell me what to do about these nitrites?

    I was planning to put the shell with the eggs and the male bumblebee goby in there tomorrow or the next day so I need a quick fix!

    Would purigen work?
    Or is there some type of bacteria culture you can buy to kickstart it?

    I understand the problem is that it's not cycled properly but I thought using the filters from the cycled tank would fix that.

    Any input or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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    Sorry for the late response,
    I am sure that the nitrites are gone by now, so no point in addressing that.
    Brackish tanks use the same test kits as freshwater, the ammonia reading is correct, even if it is a bit foggy.
    Purigen will work as well, as well as freshwater bacterial cultures up to 1.008, need saltwater bacteria if you go over this though.

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