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Old 04-07-2013, 08:34 PM   #51
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I am pretty sure that you need another ph kit or colour card, my API ones are called high range ph. Don't do a PWC you are looking at a nitrite result, not nitrates. Do you have a kit for nitrates?
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Old 04-07-2013, 08:38 PM   #52
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So does this mean my tank is done ? I can add fish tomorrow
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Old 04-07-2013, 08:49 PM   #53
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No like Bectan said you need to test for nitrAtes the last stage of the nitrogen cycle. When you start to add fish GO SLOWLY no more then 1 every two weeks this will give your bacti base time to catch up to the new bio load.
I know it's hard but the worst thing you can do is rush things in this hobby It's taken me 13 years and i still dont have my tank where i want it to be
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No like Bectan said you need to test for nitrAtes the last stage of the nitrogen cycle. When you start to add fish GO SLOWLY no more then 1 every two weeks this will give your bacti base time to catch up to the new bio load.
I know it's hard but the worst thing you can do is rush things in this hobby It's taken me 13 years and i still dont have my tank where i want it to be
What if its a pair? Like a pistol shrimp and ywg
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Old 04-07-2013, 08:56 PM   #55
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No, your tank isn't cycled. You need to test for nitrates. Looking at your nitrite test I see that's spiking so you still have a little way to go.
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Old 04-07-2013, 09:02 PM   #56
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What if its a pair? Like a pistol shrimp and ywg
When i do a pair i have a PWC at the ready in case of a spike in ammonia. Inverts add so little to the bio load that's there's little worry of a spike. You can add more than one fish at a time but you will need to test for any spikes
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Old 04-07-2013, 09:58 PM   #57
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I'd wait to make sure the tank is cycled- it doesn't look like it is yet. And also- you probably want to make sure that the reseal you do is good and doesn't leak anymore before you get fish. Here's how I would handle it- I'd move everything into the bin, reseal the tank and give it however long to dry that the directions on the sealant say. Next I would refill the tank and put everything back in. Wait 24-48 hours to make sure it doesn't leak again. Then I'd test the water to see how the cycle is going. I wouldn't bother testing again until your tank is sealed and good to go. When your tank's cycle is finally over and you do a big water change, then you can go get that YWG and pistol shrimp! They will be fine to add at the same time.
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Old 04-07-2013, 10:08 PM   #58
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If you want to do things the right way you have to be a little more patient! I was the same way at first... But quickly learned that patience is a must. Be patient and you'l have an amazing tank in no time
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Old 04-08-2013, 12:04 AM   #59
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While I was doing stuff I accidentally spilled my bottled bacteria in the bin will my tank be okay?
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Bottled bacteria is rubbish anyway. Cycle your tank properly the first time around to avoid casualties later...
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