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Old 01-16-2013, 11:34 PM   #11
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I ran a test in my aquarium...ph,nitrite,nitrate and ammonia and they checked out great.....
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Old 01-16-2013, 11:45 PM   #12
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I certainly believe that. However, when you first add water to a tank, you will have 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite, and 0 nitrate.
However, having a fish in there now, you will get ammonia from the waste (ammonia is toxic to fish) The ammonia will turn into nitrite (toxic to fish) and ultimately into nitrate (not toxic in lower levels)

Before adding fish, it is highly recommended to cycle your tank by adding a non-living ammonia source.
Considering you already have your fish, I would do water changes every day.
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Old 01-17-2013, 12:06 AM   #13
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What do you mean by adding a nonliving source??
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Old 01-17-2013, 12:09 AM   #14
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What do you mean by adding a nonliving source??
A table shrimp or dose bottled ammonia.
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Old 01-17-2013, 12:18 AM   #15
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Oh thanks
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Old 01-17-2013, 12:23 AM   #16
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But if you already have the fish, of course don't do that. If he's in the tank you really want to check your water every day and keep those numbers as close to zero as possible.
after a while, the bacteria will convert ammonia and nitrite so rapidly, that you'll never see them.
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Old 01-17-2013, 03:07 AM   #17
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Sounds to me like you need to do a little more research.

Saltwater can be hard for beginners and knowledge is the key. Use this site for every step you take. Include pictures if you can and you'll get some great tips and advice.

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Old 01-17-2013, 10:13 AM   #18
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Yea this is a great site...Alot of really helpful fish lovers out there. .I monitor the water everyday......Research as much as I can......

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