Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Freshwater > Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 08-11-2005, 06:47 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Duvall, Wa, USA
Posts: 84
Send a message via MSN to lightningryan
Cycle Help

I tested my tank and here are the results:

Nitrate - 40
Nirtite - Higher than 10 which is the highest
Hardness - 75
Alkalinity - 80
PH - 6.8

I did a 25% water change because the nitrite was way high. now tell me what i need to do next and how often i need to test and change my water.


Thanks
__________________

__________________
lightningryan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2005, 10:13 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
rich311k's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 12,189
Send a message via Yahoo to rich311k
Keep changing water I would say 50% until the nitrite goes way down. At least under 1. Are there fish in the tank?
__________________

__________________
From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever.
rich311k is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2005, 11:19 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Duvall, Wa, USA
Posts: 84
Send a message via MSN to lightningryan
ok, here are more details

yes there fish 5 neons, 5 blackskirts

10 gallon

filter
__________________
lightningryan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2005, 11:21 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Duvall, Wa, USA
Posts: 84
Send a message via MSN to lightningryan
I also thought cycling took a copule weeks and you just told me to change the water now till it gets low nitrite. I thought you said it took a while and you are saying it takes a day. Tell me what i need to do. how often do i water change?

Help me dont lie
__________________
lightningryan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2005, 11:21 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
rich311k's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 12,189
Send a message via Yahoo to rich311k
keep changing water. Neons are very sensitive.
__________________
From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever.
rich311k is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2005, 11:23 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
rich311k's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 12,189
Send a message via Yahoo to rich311k
with fish in the tank you need to change water as much as possible to keep nitrites under .5 and ammonia under 1. The cycle takes a month or more. Keep testing and keep changing water.
__________________
From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever.
rich311k is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2005, 11:28 PM   #7
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Whiteman AFB Missouri
Posts: 47
to speed up your cycle you can order some Bio Spira 7-12 dollars on most sites.

otherwise, it takes several weeks, and personally i change the water every 3 days for 6 weeks, then i start checking for nitrites/nitrates. I am very religious with my 3 day waterchanges. 10gal tanks are sensitive to new tank syndrome anyway, but you have to maintain your waterchanges. good luck.
__________________
29gal FW, Cascade 700-- busted during move...

10gal FW- quarantine tank
50gal FW- Filstar XP2- 2 gold rams/3 juli's, 3 paleatus/ 2 oto's/ 6 fancy guppies/ 5 ghost shrimp, mts.fish--6 Neon Gourami-2 Sunshine Gourami-10 Longfin Rosy Barbs-1 Chinese butterfly fish-1 kooli loach-1 red tail shark
10gal hosp, 29 gal island tank, 50 gal tree trunk tank.
Titus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2005, 12:53 AM   #8
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Duvall, Wa, USA
Posts: 84
Send a message via MSN to lightningryan
my tester strips dont test for amonia just nitrite and the other stuff listed.

Nitrite is amonia.
__________________
lightningryan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2005, 12:54 AM   #9
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Duvall, Wa, USA
Posts: 84
Send a message via MSN to lightningryan
i also did a 75% water change and filled it back up and here are the new results:

Nitrate - 20
Nitrite - 5.0
Hardness - 75
Alkalinity - 120
PH - 6.6
__________________
lightningryan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2005, 01:01 AM   #10
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
rich311k's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 12,189
Send a message via Yahoo to rich311k
Ammonia is not nitrite. Get an ammonia test. 5 is better but not good. I would do another pwc as soon as you can.
__________________

__________________
From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever.
rich311k is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
cycle

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Cycle (In Progress) ? and Clean Up Crew ? (Post Cycle) SuperWade2 Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 3 02-23-2006 05:58 PM
Cycle-- How do YOU Cycle your tank? DragonFish Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 16 01-02-2006 12:02 AM
Help with cycle Nels22 Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 3 12-04-2004 12:49 PM
To cycle or not to cycle.... (2-gallon tank) fearlessfisch Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 3 10-17-2004 01:34 PM
Help! I want to cycle! Habitat Saltwater & Reef - Sick Fish or Coral 5 03-31-2004 11:28 AM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:04 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.