Originally Posted by woodylee3
nitrites are .1 to .2 i have the test strips and nitrate isnt even present. see i set up the tank and waited a week and added 2 guppies and let it be and added some mollies and coy cats and tetras 3 weeks and 4 weeks later and now im left with 2 mollies and 2 coy cats and a tetra then they started to die so i vaccumed the tank bought the testers and started to do water changes when i saw the level was high, i changed the filter at the month mark. i bought the live bacteria and added a lil bit everyday when i did the water change. im out of that stuff now. as for the plants i have a fern and some other plant with long and fat leaves with a light green center.
The links above will explain what needs to be done. Don't change your filter media out. by doing that you are throwing out all the bacteria. Instead, when they are dirty, swish them in a bucket of tank water. Never rinse them under the tap because the chlorine in the water will kill them.