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    So I did a test just now and I need help figuring out what is going on.

    Amm reads 0ppm, trates are at 2.0 ppm, trites are at 5.0 ppm.

    I suppose I should do a water change. My tank is also stocked, and it was cycled at one point.

    Just confused as to what is happening.

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    Yup at least two 75% water changes would be needed tonight to help bring down those nitrites

    Did you change anything in this tank that could effect your bacteria ?
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    I added more fish. :P
    I also thought I increased the bio filtration, I guess it hasn't had an effect yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chocological
    So I did a test just now and I need help figuring out what is going on.

    Amm reads 0ppm, trates are at 2.0 ppm, trites are at 5.0 ppm.
    Just to be clear, You are really at 5ppm TrItes? MASSIVE WC are in order if that is the case.

    I would spend the 5 minutes to test the TrItes again just to be sure of it's accuracy.

    If you do have 5ppm trItes you need to get that down to below .25.

    Just to get to .25 will required an 80% WC immediately followed by a 75% WC.



    EDIT: NInja'd by Cliff :-P

    How many fish did you add at once & detail the bio filtration additions as well as when those both happened please.
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    Gas mileage isn't everything OIIIIIIIO
    Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part.
    Why pretend there are no stupid questions? Actually, There are many stupid questions: "Should I drink this bleach?" Is just one example.
    Having said that, Just because it's a stupid question doesn't mean that it shouldn't be asked. It's better to know.

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    Will, that can certainly cause a mini-cycle. It can take a while for your bacteria to catch up with the increased stocking level if the increase was big enough.

    Test every day and stay on top of the water parameters and you should be fine
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    FYI, I had that backwards.
    The NITRITES were at 2.0ppm and the NITRATES were at 5.0ppm.
    Sorry about the confusion.

    I just did a 80% W/C anyway.
    NITRITES: 0ppm
    NITRATES: 0ppm
    I will test tomorrow and see how this is progressing.

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    The math says that an 80% wc from 2ppm gets you to .4 so something is still not right...
    Gas mileage isn't everything OIIIIIIIO
    Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part.
    Why pretend there are no stupid questions? Actually, There are many stupid questions: "Should I drink this bleach?" Is just one example.
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    Well, it was blue. I have the API test kit, I could always test it again. It could have been 1.0ppm to begin with, I could have read the colors wrong. *shrugs*
    It's probably closer to 0-.25, in that range somewhere.

    EDIT:
    It could have been more than 80% as well. I measure by the water level in relation to the tank height, including gravel. It is probably closer to 85 or more.
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    None of that is an issue [Currently] as long as you got the level down to a legit .25.

    Accuracy is an important thing when it come to test results though, IE: Keeping the trites and trates straight and reading the results right :-P
    Gas mileage isn't everything OIIIIIIIO
    Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part.
    Why pretend there are no stupid questions? Actually, There are many stupid questions: "Should I drink this bleach?" Is just one example.
    Having said that, Just because it's a stupid question doesn't mean that it shouldn't be asked. It's better to know.

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