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Old 03-03-2013, 10:28 PM   #1
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New change gave high Nitrites, Nitrates, and Ammonia

I did a new tank design including switching from gravel to sand. This caused me to change all water. No I read high everything. What to do? FYI my filter has been established for YEARS. I'm scared

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Old 03-03-2013, 10:31 PM   #2
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Water changes after water changes. If you have any other tanks running take those old filters and put n this tank.
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Old 03-03-2013, 10:33 PM   #3
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I have a ten gallon, but I guess anything helps
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Old 03-03-2013, 10:34 PM   #4
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Should I do water changes like every five minuets? Or every hour? Or every day?
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Old 03-03-2013, 10:49 PM   #5
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I'd do back to back water changes until you get the levels where you want them. Keep the old media in there (from the filtration) if you find after 2-3 25% pwc your levels are still high try a 50-75% pwc. Was the new substrate stuff you had before? You may have sent your tank into cycle if you removed all your beneficial bacteria. If that's the case I'd take a nylon and stuff it with your old gravel and leave it sit in the tank as well. (The nylon makes it easier to remove once you get this under control)
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Old 03-03-2013, 10:58 PM   #6
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Should I do water changes like every five minuets? Or every hour? Or every day?
How high are the readings? I'd do a 50% check in an hour if still high do 50-75%. Just keep doing them till they go down. Don't clean anything just replace water. Once it reads good you may be ok for a little while. Just keep checking and doing changes.
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Old 03-04-2013, 01:22 AM   #7
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Just did a 50%water change. I'll change again at about 5 am. Hopefully everything lasts through the night. I also added a second filter and some quick start.
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What did you do besides changing from gravel to sand.

During that process you removed a good portion of your BB, causing your tank to go into a mini-cycle. Did you also replace media in the filters? Any decor get removed?
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By the way, don't waste your time with that quick start junk. All the BB in those bottles are most likely dead.
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Most decor got changed, no filter media was changed.
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Most decor got changed, no filter media was changed.
What are the readings?
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Old 03-04-2013, 08:29 AM   #12
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I'm not home right now to read them. They're all just reading around the mid range of my chart. "API"
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I'm not home right now to read them. They're all just reading around the mid range of my chart. "API"
Well how many.changes have you done? Has.it came down at all?
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