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Old 04-04-2013, 07:15 PM   #1
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How can there be nitrates already?

Last night I had to do an emergency tank setup so my glofish didn't eat all the fry. I took some filter media from my established tank and I used some of the water from established tank and used prime to dechlorinate the additional water. My readings a day later are:

PH - 7.6
Ammonia - 0ppm
Nitrites - 0ppm
Nitrates - 5 ppm

Does this mean the new tank is already cycled or had it not even began to cycle???
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:06 PM   #2
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That seems like the tank is cycled ive done the same thing before it is amazing how fast it can happen
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:09 PM   #3
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What all do you have in the tank? Even with some seeded filter material you typically see a mini cycle.
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What all do you have in the tank? Even with some seeded filter material you typically see a mini cycle.
True but if it's just the fry that got moved the bioload in the filter material may have been sufficient?
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It's adult glofish in it. It looks like they are breeding again. They staying close to the bottom and chasing each other like crazy
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Have you checked your tap water for Nitrates. Many cities have some in their water supply. OS.
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Old 04-04-2013, 09:19 PM   #7
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I checked it a couple weeks ago. It doesn't.
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Great! At least that's one issue you don't have to worry about. Gosh, you got me stumped. Hope someone else can help. Luck, OS.
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You used water from your other tank, correct? This is the most likely source of nitrate unless you happened to do a 100% wc on the other tank an hour before using the tank water.
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