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Old 04-10-2013, 08:21 AM   #1
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Hi I am another newbie I have a 60 litre Biorb I was given incorrect info by my lfs when starting out and incorrectly completed cycling the tank they advised to cycle fish less for two weeks which I did ... Not adding anything or testing the water ... After three weeks doing this I added 4 Danios and the following week 4 Tetras ... Still not testing the water I was eventually advised to start doing some .. I Bought an API master test kit My ammonia levels were between 4.0 - 8.0 ppm with nitrites at around 2.0 ppm and no nitrates
With hindsight it's a wonder how my fish were living.


I immediately started daily water changes


Now after three months I have only one each of each fish left


But my ammonia will not show 0ppm
My nitrite level is 0 ppm
My nitrate levels around 10 ppm


So I know I am cycling


But cannot get my ammonia to zero it currently shows at around 0.25 - 0.50 ppm


I really want to add more fish but am unsure if it is wise to do so with the above readings


I am doing daily water changes at present and adding tap water safe and stress zyme to each change (I do a 20 litre change - 2 buckets each having this treatment added to them)


Any helpful suggestions or directions to forums that have already discussed this welcome
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Have you tested your tap water, before and after letting it sit out for 24 hours?
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You need to add at least three more tetras as they are schooling fish and they can get stressed when not in school witch further risks his life.
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Hi the Ph level tested straight from the tap this morning shows a reading of 6.0Ph
and the reading from day old tank water (I did partial change yesterday morning) is 7.6Ph

I am aware the Tetra is a schooling fish ( I started with 4 - 3 died) but as I said I am unsure if buying more fish at the moment will I be doing the right thing ? I obviously don't want to jeopardise any more fish if by adding more at present the water conditions is unsafe With the readings I have shown?
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