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Old 01-27-2014, 03:46 AM   #11
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Hey Mister Sprinkles,
Its all good under the giant rocks is a layer of black Florite that the plants are planted in.

I have done 2 water changes today and my readings are:
Ammonia 0.25ppm
Nitrite 0.25ppm
Ph 7.5
Nitrate 0.0ppm
I took these readings 2hrs after my second 50% water change.

Until I started looking on forums and started asking questions at my LFS I had never heard of cycling the tank. I have always grown up with family buying a gold fish and sticking it in a bowl. So I am learning and quickly. I thought leaving my tank for a week was a long time.

As for the biomedia the rock that has the plant growing on it is from a cycled tank so hopefully that might help.

Greta I tried to get some Prime but as it was Australia Day yesterday and today is a public holiday my LFS was closed. 😣

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Old 01-27-2014, 07:11 PM   #12
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I have done 2 water changes today and my readings are:
Ammonia 0.25ppm
Nitrite 0.25ppm
At least you're into the nitrite stage of the cycle. Still, this is not safe for your fish. Definitely get your hands on prime and use it as it binds up ammonia and nitrite. It'll help keep your fish alive until your tank cycles.
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Old 01-27-2014, 07:59 PM   #13
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If those are your readings after two water changes back to back, Prime is even more critical. Your tank is cycling fast, which is great, but as Mistersprinkles said, not good at all for your fish. Did you change any further after water when you saw the .25 nitrite level? If you have Prime, it will bind toxins up to 1 ppm. Depending on how many hours its been since the last water change, those toxins could easily have doubled. Check your parameters and, if they're anywhere above 0, change 30%. I know how much work all this is, believe me. Hang in there.
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Old 01-27-2014, 08:32 PM   #14
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Hey
I will get some Prime today and do another water change this afternoon. I did not have time to do a water test this morning so a just did a 50% water change as I got ready for work. This afternoon after work I will prime my tank and test it.
Could some one let me know what I want my readings to be.
Also how do you know when your tank has cycled? I know I a long way of as it's only been going 2 weeks.
Thanks for all of your help. It's very much appreciated.
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Old 01-27-2014, 10:51 PM   #15
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Your readings should always be 0 ammonia and 0 nitrite. Anything above 0 ammonia is nitrite is very dangerous to your fish. When the tank is cycled, you will have 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite, and low levels of nitrates (0 to 20 ppm is typical.) Ammonia decays into nitrites which in turn are turned into nitrates. Hope that makes sense. You're doing a great job. Remember that in case of an emergency, Prime can be safely dosed up till 5 times the usual amount. When you water change with it, remove the water to be changed out, add the Prime directly to the tank, and then refill. The Prime must be added before the tap water is poured in, so the fish are never in contact with any chemicals.
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Old 01-28-2014, 01:37 AM   #16
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Well I have got my hands on some Prime so I will sort it out tonight when I get home from work and I will let you know how I go.
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Fantastic!! Good luck! Oh--and be forewarned--Prime smells pretty bad, according to some people. I have no problem with it myself, but I figure it's nice to have a head's up just in case. The smell is only in the bottle and dissipates in the water quickly.
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Fantastic!! Good luck! Oh--and be forewarned--Prime smells pretty bad, according to some people. I have no problem with it myself, but I figure it's nice to have a head's up just in case. The smell is only in the bottle and dissipates in the water quickly.

Haha thanks just smelt the bottle not to bad. If it is I'll blame it on mum or dads cooking as my tank is near the kitchen. 😝
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Old 01-28-2014, 05:45 AM   #19
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Ok so I feel like a prick cause I got home an had really high reading. But there is nothing I oils do as I had to work and could not leave. 😟
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Who knew fish keeping could be so stressful. 😕
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Who know fish keeping could be so stressful. 😕

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