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Old 05-27-2013, 12:33 AM   #1
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when do i make my first water change

Got my new tank started and dropped a shrimp in the tank to start cycle ammonia has spiked sky high at point when do i make my first water change
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Old 05-27-2013, 01:31 AM   #2
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When you have high nitrAtes and ammonia and nitrItes are zero.
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Ok thank you
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Old 05-27-2013, 02:46 AM   #4
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Like the previous poster said, when your tank is cycled (meaning 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite, some nitrates) is when you want to do water changes. Could be a month or 2 before that happens. Keep the shrimp in there until the cycle completes. Doing a water change before that would slow down the cycle. Make sure you're using a liquid test kit instead of test strips for more accuracy.
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What levels should i keep after cycle
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Ph should be 8.2 and everything else should be 0. It is acceptable to have nitrates 5-10ppm but aim for as close to 0 as you can
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