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Old 05-22-2012, 12:40 AM   #1
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I have had my 75 gallon up and running for about 3-4 weeks now and about a week ago my nitrites were very high but ammonia was still low and nitrates were 20-40 ppm so I didn't check them again until today and now I have:
Nitrites:0 ppm
Ammonia: 0 ppm
Nitrates:10-20 ppm
pH: 7.8 (don't know how or why it's so low?!)

I haven't done any water changes only top offs and their is still diatoms on my glass and sand
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Old 05-22-2012, 10:20 AM   #2
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Start doing water changes. I did during my entire cycle, I know some don't, seemed to work for me it also helps to put the ph back up by rlpenishing some of the elements in the water.
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Old 05-22-2012, 11:13 AM   #3
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You need to dose up to 4ppm ammonia. If it and nitrItes go to 0ppm in 24 hours, then do big water changes to get the nitrAtes down and you are ready for your first fishes!
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Should diatoms disappear on their own or will I have to scrape them off myself?
So would a 15 gallon water change be good enough to lower the nitrates?
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So all I have to do is a water change and I'm good to go?
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clean up crew?
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Old 05-23-2012, 12:17 AM   #7
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Yeah need to get more money before I can buy anything but when I do, can I start adding them?
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Not positive if you should add them or not at this time, but that should solve the diatom problem from what I have seen from videos
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Old 05-23-2012, 01:16 AM   #9
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I would do a water change and give it one more week. Do one more and test to make sure your levels are normal. I wouldn't start adding fish untill you stabilize your ph. I also would start with a few snails first. You have to slowly add livestock to allow for the good bacteria to grow which is what converts ammonia into nitrite, then nitrate and so forth. The longer you give your tank to grow the good guys the better off you are in the long run.
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Old 05-23-2012, 08:49 AM   #10
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Gotchya, how can I raise pH? I'm having a low pH problem in my little 20 gallon as well..I have been dosing with API up in my 20 but I cannot raise it above 7.8? Any ideas?
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