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Old 01-21-2013, 12:19 AM   #1
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Tested my water params today on the third day of my fish in cycle results are:

Ammonia-0
Nitrite-0
Nitrate-5
PH-7.6

Fish in tank are 7 black skirt tetras and 1 bristlenose pleco

1 small piece Malaysian drift wood
1 small wonder rock- wife bought it
Fluval C4
Air pump rated to 60 gallons

1 large piece mopani soaking to release tannins
Live plants will be bought later this week once stocks sell

Stock will be as so

4 German blue rams
1 bristlenose pleco
12 cardinal tetras
12 rummynose tetras
7 black skirt tetras
1 possible gourami still researching info

Any suggestion on a gourami or if I'm overstocked are welcome
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Old 01-21-2013, 01:39 AM   #2
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Old 01-21-2013, 01:46 AM   #3
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It's nowhere near done. My driftwood is soaking in a 68 litre tub so it doesn't discolour my tank. And I haven't gotten my plants yet cuz I found a new lfs that's a mom and pop store so I gotta wait til the weekend to get there. But I was shocked at my results after 3 days with no ammonia or nitrites but I have nitrates. It's a new filter not seeded. The only thing I can think of is that my PFS was still wet and the bacteria survived somehow.

What I'm worried about is overstocking and adding fish too soon with my water params
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Old 01-21-2013, 12:31 PM   #4
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My only suggestion would be to do 2 GBR's. When they are young you'll have alot of chasing and aggression with 4 in that size tank. Once they mature aggression will kick up a few notches and serious stress issues caused from it can occur. I only keep 4 mature adults in a 220g heavily planted.
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Old 01-23-2013, 01:50 AM   #5
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Second test results are:


Ammonia: 0 ppm
Nitrite: 0ppm
Nitrate: 5ppm
PH: 7.2

Water temp 82f

Will do a third pwc on Thursday, will test after pwc, if no changes will be at a loss as to why a week into my fish in cycle that I have nitrates but have not seen ammonia or nitrites.
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Do you have nitrates in your water supply? It's unlikely that the whole nitrogen cycle process has occured in such a short time.
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Old 01-23-2013, 02:07 PM   #7
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I haven't tested my tap water as I have just moved, ill test it this weekend when I get a chance due to my hectic schedule of doom.
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