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Old 01-23-2017, 05:36 PM   #1
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Hey guys so good news I think my tank 3 gallon tetra cube has cycled I have 0 nitrites my last water change was Friday the 13 and then the nitrites were very high but now they are gone this is a no fish cycle but I'm having problems with my hardness gh is 300 and the alkalinity is 0 what the heck I use stress coat plus when I first started tank and used it when I did water changes only 2 but I use distilled water when I need to add water from the evaporation so please any help advice would be awesome!! Am I fish ready or what?Click image for larger version

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Old 01-26-2017, 09:48 AM   #2
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Do you have all water chem readings and what were they measured with? Also have you tested tap water (used for water changes)?
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I used distilled water and yeah the readings are nitrate 5,nitrite0. Gh 300,kh 0. Ph 6.8. No ammonia reading
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I'm looking at those lovely rocks wondering if they are contributing to the hardness? Water loves minerals and using distilled I'm wondering if your rocks are giving up the minerals.
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Old 01-26-2017, 08:40 PM   #5
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Oo never thought about that any suggestions? I love those rocks they are seiryu stone
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Old 01-26-2017, 10:04 PM   #6
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They are limestone. Your kH is 0 because you're using distilled water. Your gH is high because limestone dissolves in water at a low enough pH. I can't find the specific pH with a quick Google search.

It's actually a reaction that will stabilize. The limestone will bring the water to a pH where it doesn't dissolve anymore.
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Ok so what should I do?
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I'm going to add chili rasaboras
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Old 01-26-2017, 11:48 PM   #9
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Pick fish that like hard water.
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Old 01-26-2017, 11:50 PM   #10
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Any good recommendations for this planted 3 gallon tetra cube
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Snails are always great. I'm not a shrimp person, but people seem to love them.
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So no fish then?
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Nirbhao great post on the limestone.
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Nirbhao great post on the limestone.
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Any good recommendations for this planted 3 gallon tetra cube
Endlers? They like water conditions similar to those liked by guppies.
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Endlers? They like water conditions similar to those liked by guppies.
Definitely hard water fish.
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