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Old 01-16-2012, 10:35 PM   #1
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I recently switched up my tanks. I had a 46gal running (which is now my qt)
I redid the seals on an 80 and ran custom filtration I used the water from both of my other tanks to fill it and have the old filter running in it for the time being as well. My results from the 80 are PH-7.6 HI PH-7.4 NITRITE-0 NITRATE-40 AMMONIA-0.25
At first I thought possibly going through a mini cycle due to the move. Then I tested the 65gal (where I got the majority of the water from)(yes,hind sight I probably should have tested BEFORE I took the water) I figured it would be ok since the tank has been running for around 15 years with no concerns. Plus last weeks pwc and tests were all good. So this is where I'm puzzled, test results from the 65 are PH-7.6 HI PH-7.8ish NITRITE-0.25 NITRATE-80 (has come down since yesterday after a pwc it was 160) AMMONIA-0.25
My question what would cause such a spike in nitrates in this tank? No fish have passed no new tank mates I'm understocked I'm so confused!Any help would be greatly appreciated so I can figure out how to avoid this in the future
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So your asking why your nitrate is high? Nitrate is the end product of the nitrogen cycle. They keep increasing until you do a water change then start increasing again. How much water and how often do you normally change in your tank?
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So your asking why your nitrate is high? Nitrate is the end product of the nitrogen cycle. They keep increasing until you do a water change then start increasing again. How much water and how often do you normally change in your tank?
I did a change last week thursday, and they were good. I do 25% every week on that tank (even when my other tank had ich and had to clean the siphon every time) I don't understand why it would spike like that in (what I thought) was a very well established tank?
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Test your tap water and retest the tank making sure you shake the .... Out of the nitrate #2 bottle. You could have kicked up a lot of waste in the move. Lots of large water changes will be needed to bring it down to ~ 20ppm.
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Test your tap water and retest the tank making sure you shake the .... Out of the nitrate #2 bottle. You could have kicked up a lot of waste in the move. Lots of large water changes will be needed to bring it down to ~ 20ppm.
My tap is r/o, I thought about the bottle it is a new master kit (finally used the last of my other one) so I made sure I shook it like crazy this last time and still 80. Should I do a 50% pwc? Or stick to 25% and just do two a day?
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I remember about the RO now!
I'd do a 50% now wait half hour test then another 50%.
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I remember about the RO now!
I'd do a 50% now wait half hour test then another 50%.
Thanks doing it now. I'll let you know how it goes *fingers crossed*
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Thanks doing it now. I'll let you know how it goes *fingers crossed*
Good luck!
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All pumped out just waiting for the buckets to fill up. I still don't understand what caused this. Do you think taking the water for the other tank could've stirred it up and caused this?
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do you have live plants in your tank? if so, size type name?
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