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Old 01-04-2012, 07:24 AM   #121
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Yeah, leave the fish in, and keep testing till your 0 amm, 0 trites and have trates. Dont worry about pwcs unless ammonia goes over 5ppm, the bacteria you want in your tank wants low numbers.
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Old 01-04-2012, 08:44 PM   #122
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Yeah, leave the fish in, and keep testing till your 0 amm, 0 trites and have trates. Dont worry about pwcs unless ammonia goes over 5ppm, the bacteria you want in your tank wants low numbers.
Here are results of day 4. Looks to me like 2ppm ammonia, 5ppm nitrIte and 80ppm nitrAte. Have the rotting fish still in there and the filter and power heads on and lights off. Readings look like what I said? I am partially colorblind so not 100 percent sure.

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Old 01-04-2012, 09:22 PM   #123
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Yep on the right track, certainly have a nitrite spike quickly!
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Old 01-04-2012, 10:10 PM   #124
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Thanks Kurtyboh, I think the Bacteria may have helped. I dont know for sure, but it seems like it. Very happy, hopefully will be ready for fish in a couple weeks! Getting excited!
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Old 01-05-2012, 08:40 PM   #125
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New tests for day 5. Looks like 1ppm ammonia, 5ppm nitrIte and 160ppm nitrAte. Not sure what to do now. Leave as it is and wait for the nitrItes to come down? Looks like ammonia is coming down.

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Yeah, just leave it till you have zero amm, and trite, do a large pwc test the next day, if still 0, 0, less than 20 your done. If trates are still high do another pwc, and you should be gtg
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Thanks Kurty, glad someone is following this boring thread!
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Old 01-05-2012, 09:09 PM   #128
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I'm following it... just trailing behind a bit. I'm surprised at your nitrates. Mine didn't go above 5ppm. Funny how things can be so different in similar setups.
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Ya, me too. I don't know if its from the bacteria that I put in or not. Maybe there is more bacteria turning the trItes to trAtes than there is turning ammonia to trItes. I just confused myself......LOL! I just hope the ammonia and trItes go down, then I will just water change the trAtes down. Sound like a plan?
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Yeah they are pretty high, my guess is that bacteria he added is doing a fantastic job and the siversides are adding a ton of ammonia to be converted.
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