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    I also noticed these bubbles on the inside of the tank..... what is this? should I be concerned?

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    The bubbles are just from doing the wc, generally not anything to worry about. :)
    As for Prime it's never a bad thing. Even though you have well water which generally isn't chlorinated by adding prime you'll know Prime will resolve most anything else that may be there other than heavy metals. Also if I remember correctly Prime has some kind of slime coat protector (I've completely lost the right word) for the fish as well which is going to be beneficial while you get everything else lined out.... I'm sure someone will come along with the right terminology and confirm or tell me I'm wrong lol on the slime coat deal. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by sfsamm View Post
    The bubbles are just from doing the wc, generally not anything to worry about. :)
    As for Prime it's never a bad thing. Even though you have well water which generally isn't chlorinated by adding prime you'll know Prime will resolve most anything else that may be there other than heavy metals. Also if I remember correctly Prime has some kind of slime coat protector (I've completely lost the right word) for the fish as well which is going to be beneficial while you get everything else lined out.... I'm sure someone will come along with the right terminology and confirm or tell me I'm wrong lol on the slime coat deal. :)
    thank you for the advice...... just so I know I am completely understanding, I should do another Nitrate test tomorrow to compare levels from today and if they are still reading high, do another large water change, like 50% or more? Also vacuum the gravel and clean the side walls when doing the water change?

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    Gravel vacuuming yes, cleaning the glass is up to you. It doesn't really hold onto fish poo.
    Clean glass is an esthetic thing really, but if it's mucky no reason not to on wc day. :) I don't clean the back or sides of most my tanks, though I do clean the back and sides in the big tank in my living room so that others can appriciate it as well. Otherwise personally I prefer the "natural" look lol

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    Can you test the well water prior to putting it in the tank and see what the levels are for NH3, NO2, NO3?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spardas View Post
    Can you test the well water prior to putting it in the tank and see what the levels are for NH3, NO2, NO3?
    I will test the Ammonia and Nitrite later on today straight from the water source........ I did test the Nitrate last night it came back between 10-20 from the water source (relatively low compared to what I was expecting)

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    You are on a good path. You are getting great advice and doing a good job of following it. Nice to see!

    A few more big water changes over the next few days should see your nitrate testing much lower. After that, it will be simple to maintain those good levels with regular weekly maintenance (larger wc's, substrate vacuums, filter cleanings) -- as mentioned by members above.

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    Looks like the others are giving you great help with your issue. Hang in there!

    As for the nitrate (NO3) readings from your water source, I think it's time to start thinking real plants. Getting some fast-growing stem plants and floaters like water sprite and dwarf water lettuce will help suck up your excessive NO3 and keep it lower.



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    As for cleaning glass, if you get green algae growing on it or unsightly brown diatoms (harmless, but ugly), you can clean the glass so it looks nice. I have an original aquatic collage on the back of both of my tanks, which I made, so I clean the back of the glass to keep that artwork nice and clear. I also clean the sides and front, but that's my personal preference. I always leave a little on the side glass because the Nerite snails have to have something to eat. I got them when my diatoms were heavy. Now they've cleared up considerably, but the snails still have to eat, so I leave some intentionally on the sides.

    Diatoms don't hurt anything -- they're a form of crystalline brown algae, and grow when nitrates are high or there's too much or too little light. With your former high trate readings, I'm surprised you didn't get them. I changed out my light awhile back when the bulb of the other one went kaput, and the diatoms rose up after I had installed the much brighter one. Several water changes later, plus PhosGard in the filter, they're almost nonexistent.

    Fishes didn't care, one way or the other -- they stayed healthy the whole time.

    You're well on your way to nice stable, healthy tank. Congrats!
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    Thank you everyone for so much help, I just did day 2 testing of the water and the pictures of each are as follows:
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    It looks like from Day 1 to Day 2, the Nitrate have went down considerable which is a great sign but it also looks like the PH has went up slightly and also the Amonia looks like it went up to a .25. What should I do now on Day 2? 30% water change and vacuum the gravel really well?

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