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Old 12-13-2012, 12:26 AM   #31
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I'm finally getting somewhere with trites. I've been doing 3 gallon water changes daily. They've came down to about 7 ppm. Still deadly though. Wish me luck! :p
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Old 12-15-2012, 12:27 AM   #32
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Okay, my nitrites are at 1 ppm. I feel so much better now, I just need to get my trates down some, and I'll be in the clear! The spike was from over feeding. Its not my source water. I went to the processing plant, and had them test it.
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Old 12-15-2012, 04:47 PM   #33
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That's awesome!! Sometimes adding a small amount of nite-out during a larger change along with adding porous decorations like saturated Malaysian bogwood, or other type of driftwood or lava rock caves can help give beneficial bacteria (and sometimes not so beneficial bacteria) to colonize and help balance your tank. Any type of media from a balanced established tank is also a good little way of kicking your cycle over that phosphate stage I'm so glad you're having success and learning to enjoy the hobby!!
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