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Old 12-26-2011, 07:29 PM   #61
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I don't know if anyone has said yet, as I didn't read through the whole thing, but when your nitrate is that high, and not knowing how long it has been that high, big water changes can be a very bad thing to do. Smaller water changes are best. Google OTS (old tank syndrome) and you'll see what I mean.
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Sounds good. You'll get it down in no time
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Old 12-26-2011, 07:31 PM   #63
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I don't know if anyone has said yet, as I didn't read through the whole thing, but when your nitrate is that high, and not knowing how long it has been that high, big water changes can be a very bad thing to do. Smaller water changes are best. Google OTS (old tank syndrome) and you'll see what I mean.
Yes it was mentioned. the OPs tap water also contains 20ppm nitrate.
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Before my kit I was doing approx 80% PWC a week... That could have helped them? I can imagine it brought my huge nitrate down a little.
Everyone looks good.. Off to the 29 after a little fuel.. Tired & hungry!
Thanks sooo much again for walking me thru this. I feel so secure in knowing I'm doing the right thing..
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10g after a 50% PWC last night and a B2B 80% WC today brought it to:

Ph- 7.4
Am- 0 ppm
Nitrite- 0 ppm
Nitrate- 40 ppm (from 160!!)

This is my fry tank with 44 eight day old Dalmatian Mollies in it.. All doing well.
Will do another PWC tomorrow and retest
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Old 12-26-2011, 09:26 PM   #66
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10g after a 50% PWC last night and a B2B 80% WC today brought it to:

Ph- 7.4
Am- 0 ppm
Nitrite- 0 ppm
Nitrate- 40 ppm (from 160!!)

This is my fry tank with 44 eight day old Dalmatian Mollies in it.. All doing well.
Will do another PWC tomorrow and retest
Sounds good.
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Sounds good.
Gives me hope for tomorrows reading in my 20g after the PWC
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Okay... Took me one hour to complete 80% PWC on my 10g, 20g, 29g .... I'm so tired of water and buckets!!! HOWEVER it's well worth it to have healthy, happy fish... Nitrate test results coming in half hour...
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do you read the test tubes infront of the white paper (next to the colors) or do you hold it out into the light and read it that way? My daughter said if you put it on the paper then it reflects the colors on the paper
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do you read the test tubes infront of the white paper (next to the colors) or do you hold it out into the light and read it that way? My daughter said if you put it on the paper then it reflects the colors on the paper
I have looked both ways but noticed the shininess of the paper with the light mess up colors and confuse you... I hold up to light.. Seems more accurate
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