Hey everyone. I learned a good lesson yesterday.
I've been testing my water over the past 2 weeks and the results have been terrible. I have had .25 ammonia, high nitrites, and medium nitrates. I kept waiting for fish to die off on me but none did. I did water pwc
, and retested an hour later, but no change. Still high nitrites.
I tested my water yesterday and once again had of the wall high nitrites, some ammonia, and some nitrates.
Discouraged over my toxic tank, I decided to pull water samples to take to my LFS
. I siphoned off a cup of water, did a 9 gallon pwc
, waited an hour, and pulled another cup of water to take to lfs
She tested 0 ammonia, barely any nitrites, med nitrates on the first water sample taken before the water change. 0 ammonia, 0 nitrites, low nitrates with the second sample.
She felt my api water test kit i night of Amazon was old and that was why I kept getting High readings. I bought a new kit, tested, readings similar to hers.
I've been losing my mind over why my tank was such a disaster even though I was doing what everybody said to do.
Passing on for other newbies.