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Old 02-27-2013, 03:47 PM   #11
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PH 6.5
Ammonia 3ppm
Nitrite 0.37ppm ish
Nitrate 0.25ppm ish

I'm doing 50% water changes daily. Does this chemical content sound about right for where I am in the cycling process?
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These were the results I got just before I did a water change.
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You need to do water changes more often it shouldn't build up that high during a fish in cycle
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At what ammonia level should I panic and do an immediate water change? This is gonna cost me a fortune in dechlorinator!
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At what ammonia level should I panic and do an immediate water change? This is gonna cost me a fortune in dechlorinator!
Anything above .25

What test kit are you using?
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Old 02-27-2013, 04:55 PM   #16
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I'm using API's Freshwater Master Test Kit.
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I'm using API's Freshwater Master Test Kit.
I'd test again and do another pwc of 50% if it's still above .25. You should test several times a day and do water changes as needed. If it gets that high your probably going to need to do more or bigger water changes to get it down low enough out of harms way.

The tank look really nice.
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PWC? I'm guessing the WC stands for water change?

Don't I need to allow the ammonia level to go up a bit? Surely the ammonia eating bacteria won't culture unless their food is available? I know I'm playing a tightrope game between a bacterial colonies growth and the health of my fish.

Am I gonna kill my fish or worse irreperably injure them?
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PWC? I'm guessing the WC stands for water change?

Don't I need to allow the ammonia level to go up a bit? Surely the ammonia eating bacteria won't culture unless their food is available? I know I'm playing a tightrope game between a bacterial colonies growth and the health of my fish.

Am I gonna kill my fish or worse irirreperably injure them?
Pwc = partial water changes
With ammonia and nitrite as high as they are it's very toxic to fish. Do you have another tank that's running and cycled?
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