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Old 12-26-2011, 02:24 AM   #11
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29g--

Ph- 8.2
Am- 0 ppm
Nitrite- 0 ppm
Nitrate- 160 ppm deep red
Oh no! PWC, PWC, PWC! You need to get nitrate as low as possible. Under 20ppm is what to aim for. Your weekly PWC haven't been enough. Change out some water every few hours (or when you get a chance) over a few days to bring it down. You don't want to do it too fast or it can shock you fish because they are accustomed to the high nitrate. Good luck!
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What size tank and how many fish (and their size)?
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What size tank and how many fish (and their size)?
29g
4 female adult mollies--
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3 1/2" x2

1 female juvie Molly 1 1/2"
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Oh no! PWC, PWC, PWC! You need to get nitrate as low as possible. Under 20ppm is what to aim for. Your weekly PWC haven't been enough. Change out some water every few hours (or when you get a chance) over a few days to bring it down. You don't want to do it too fast or it can shock you fish because they are accustomed to the high nitrate. Good luck!
I did a 80% and super gravel vac after Cruella gave birth and there was a massive bioload explosion as well as fry parts to get it cleaned up..

I can change water and no gravel vac..
What percentage PWC tonight and how often to get down? And test an Hr later??
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Make sure you shake the bottles prior to using. I got false nitrate reading all the time before I did.
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For nitrate I filled tank water to line, shook shook the nitrate bottle 2 min... Drops from both bottles... Shook and shook and shook 2 min.. Sat exactly 5 min..
Any error you see that would cause false high??
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No sounds good. Must be pwc schedule?
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No sounds good. Must be pwc schedule?
Yes... I plan on setting a strict weekly day... I wasn't as regular as I should be. Then not wanting to stress my female who held 52 days added to delaying change.
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Try 50% 2-3 times a day until you get a good reading. Mollies have a huge bioload so larger more frequent PWC are the key.
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Out of curiosity just tested my ammonia out of tap and it's .25ppm ... Is this normal?
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