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Old 02-22-2013, 12:50 PM   #11
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After speaking with my lfs I decided to wait. Low and behold my nitrates have dropped from 40 to 10. The fish all seem happy and healthy, it's a semi aggresive tank with 12 Tiger Barbs 5 Mollies and some other assorted friends. Any further thoughts about how I should proceed?
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Old 02-22-2013, 12:56 PM   #12
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You have to do water changes to keep conditions healthy for your fish. Pet store employees are notorious for giving bad advice. Nitrates don't drop on their own without a water change. Please read the link on fish-in cycling.
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Old 02-22-2013, 01:13 PM   #13
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I will test the water again tonight and likely do a 20% change. I too have received bad advice from pet store employees, however I'm not talking to the 18 year old high school drop out at wally-world or petsmart. I've read the link and I can tell you flat out my tank skipped the Nitrogen cycle and/or it was so short I completely missed it. The tank was seeded to begin with and the only readings I've ever seen are PH 7.6 consistently. Ammonia .25 ppm which is now 0. Nitrites, 0 every time, & Nitrates which were 40 and are now 10. There is nothing absolute in this world and I don't doubt your experience or knowledge, but only communicate what's happening in my tank. I plan to do the water changes and will do them regularly however my tank is only two weeks old, hence my hesitation, to jump the gun and kill everything in my tank. I'm also not trying to kick off another Nitrogen cycle so I likely won't do a 50% change for a while, but will stay with 20% weekly for the first couple months or until other issues arise. I'll rephrase my question: "Given these set of circumstances and the age of my tank, what do you think a good next step would be?
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