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07-09-2013, 05:34 PM #1Junior Member Guppy
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new tanks. help
I currently have 2 tanks in my apartment (10 gal, 20 gal) that i setup and im fairly new at this.
The 10 gallon has rock substrate, fake plants, and an aqueon 10 filter. When i set it up, I used tap water and of course i put in some dechlorinator and let everything run for a day or two. After that i put in an entire 3.38FL OZ bottle of tetra safestart (directions said to do it) and put freshwater aquarium salt and waited a day before putting in any fish. I put two platies (hi-fin, sunset) in the tank a week or so ago and left them to their devices for a couple days before feeding them. Ive been checking the ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate levels daily and ive noticed that none of them rise above 0 (zero). Any ideas as to why everything stays at 0? Ive done a water change since setting everything up and still nothing changes.
Now the 20 gallon i have has sand substrate (petco sand if you needed to know), fake plants, and a Marineland Penguin 150 Filter. I also used tap water and dechlorinator and ran for a day to let the dechlorinator do its job. I used API QuickStart in this tank rather than the SafeStart because i didn't have another bottle of SafeStart and its what my friend recommended and i also put freshwater aquarium salt. I put fish in it the next day (Platie, Molly, Tetra) and of course left them to get used to their environment for a day and everything was fine. I started to feed them a few days later and everything was ok. I waited a week and i did my daily water test and the ammonia is at .5ppm-1.0ppm and nitrite and nitrate are at 0. I did a 50% water yesterday morning to see if i could get the ammonia down some and it just sits at where it is at so far. I have thought about setting up a 10 gallon just to put the fish in until i can get the ammonia under control but i don't know if it is necessary or warranted at all.
any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
07-09-2013, 05:58 PM #2
Last edited by imma24; 07-09-2013 at 06:00 PM.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
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07-09-2013, 06:29 PM #3
Case 2: Again, these are not brackish fish (although the mollies can handle brackish quite well) So the unnecessary addition of salt probably killed whatever was in the bottle. You're looking at a cycle.
Now bacteria starters are a bit hit and miss and depend on the exact water chemistry and temperature. You need ideal circumstances. Salt is not helping.
07-09-2013, 07:56 PM #4Junior Member Guppy
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I use the API Freshwater master test kit to do my testing. i also have like i said before one of each a platy, a mollie, and a tetra in the 20 gallon tank. not the best stocking scheme lol
as far as the salt goes i hadn't thought about the antibacterial properties of it. since i basically have brackish water and the only way salt is going to leave the tank is through water changes, would it be best if i just did a complete water change so that way im not just mixing new fresh water with brackish water?
07-09-2013, 08:13 PM #5
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Yeah, that's not a good stocking system. They're all schooling fish, and need to school with their own species. Not to mention that tetras tend to be a bit sensitive to cycling tanks.
I would say a complete water change couldn't hurt, as long as you dechlorinate the new water.