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Old 03-05-2013, 12:19 PM   #21
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Hey Chad.... how is the tank doing?

Are you still having trouble with cloudy water?
Hey! Thanks for checking in. The cloudy part has substantially reduced but still a slight haze... The water is still the same at 0 Nitrates and Nitrites. Ammonia has climbed to 6. I'm beginning to wonder if these strips are really working... I have the Api Kit on order and should be here tomorrow. I'll be doing a water change today. Thinking about checking out another store and maybe getting another plant from an established tank to help establish this tank's bb.

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Old 03-05-2013, 02:24 PM   #22
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Hey! Thanks for checking in. The cloudy part has substantially reduced but still a slight haze... The water is still the same at 0 Nitrates and Nitrites. Ammonia has climbed to 6. I'm beginning to wonder if these strips are really working... I have the Api Kit on order and should be here tomorrow. I'll be doing a water change today. Thinking about checking out another store and maybe getting another plant from an established tank to help establish this tank's bb.

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It looks much better but keep up with water changes every other day which will help with clarity and the ammonia levels. Also be sure to use a product to remove chlorine from your tap water. I use Seachems Prime. The prime will also help to reduce the ammonia levels in your water so be sure to use it liberally.

From what I have read the test strips are not really accurate.

Both of my tanks are doing okay. The red tail shark in my sons freshwater tank is having some issues though
Just added a pair of clowns and some corals this past week. Everyone is getting acclimated okay
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Old 03-05-2013, 02:26 PM   #23
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Hey are you using a gravel sipphon for your water changes?

It would help to reduce your ammonia levels even further.
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Old 03-05-2013, 02:53 PM   #24
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It looks much better but keep up with water changes every other day which will help with clarity and the ammonia levels. Also be sure to use a product to remove chlorine from your tap water. I use Seachems Prime. The prime will also help to reduce the ammonia levels in your water so be sure to use it liberally.

From what I have read the test strips are not really accurate.

Both of my tanks are doing okay. The red tail shark in my sons freshwater tank is having some issues though
Just added a pair of clowns and some corals this past week. Everyone is getting acclimated okay
Thank you! It does look improved as far as quality but the tests aren't exactly the same... I do have that Prime on order with my API water test tube kit from Amazon. Should be here tomorrow and I'll switch to that conditioner and use that.

Aw, that sucks, what kind of issues?
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Old 03-05-2013, 03:03 PM   #25
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Hey are you using a gravel sipphon for your water changes?

It would help to reduce your ammonia levels even further.
Yes I am actually using a gravel sipphon. But I'm actually vacuuming the gravel (per say) every other water change kind of.... I have 5 1gallon jugs of tap water in the water heater/ac room since it's the most warmest part of the place just to make it easier on getting it really close to the tank water temperature... Right before refilling the tank I add just enough conditioner to the 2 jugs and give it a good shake before I pour it into the tank. The fish seem to be enjoying and running around the tank so they seem to be well acclimated to the tank. So now it's just a waiting patiently game and doing water changes every other day....
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Thank you! It does look improved as far as quality but the tests aren't exactly the same... I do have that Prime on order with my API water test tube kit from Amazon. Should be here tomorrow and I'll switch to that conditioner and use that.

Aw, that sucks, what kind of issues?
The prime is great for removing ammonia too.
I usually use more than two drops per gallon of water just because of the number of fish in the tank as well as some issues i was previously having with high ammonia numbers. My son decided to feed the fish at one point and dumped most of the container of flake food into the water. It took me about a month of water changes and gravel sipphoning each time to finally get the levels down to a safe point.

I just tested my water today and had to do a pwc because once again my ammonia levels were too high. I also added a capful to the tank afterwards to help bring the level down
even further.
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My red tail shark's tail was losing all its color. It is a sign of stress so I was trying to figure out what was causing it. I did the pwc as my first attempt. We will have to see if it works!
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Ahh I see. Petsmart told us to use just a few drops as well... Ended up not being nearly enough to what 1tsp to 10gal ratio was. I used about 1/8tsp or roughly 15 drops...
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Ahh I see. Petsmart told us to use just a few drops as well... Ended up not being nearly enough to what 1tsp to 10gal ratio was. I used about 1/8tsp or roughly 15 drops...
Well when I had the water tested at the lfs they guy suggested that I use a whole capful which made an immediate change. So that is what i am trying again and we will see if it works again.

The red tail shark is my favorite fish in the freshwater tank so I am doing what I can to save him!
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Ahhh I see okay.
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