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post #16 of 25 (permalink) Old 06-17-2013, 12:03 AM Thread Starter
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Nitrate fall could mean plants are using it, yes.

What you need to do: don't tinker with your tank. Have patience.

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post #17 of 25 (permalink) Old 06-17-2013, 02:18 AM
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The presence of ammonia (it came from the tap water) is a start toward the fishless cycle. The bacteria that remove ammonia grow fairly fast, so in a few days you ought to see the ammonia level dropping. You might see some nitrite showing up as the ammonia drops.

Add ammonia to keep on feeding the bacteria.

Did you get tests for GH and KH? API sells 1 box with both tests.
Even with the pH so high (8.2) the GH and KH might not be very high, or else the test strips could be right.
These minerals are good for growing the nitrifying bacteria.
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Did not buy that test kit. Will do so at earliest opportunity. Thanks for you input, Diana...I printed it up, today, so I can sit and read it a few times.

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New tank parameters...Only change is Nitrates are up.

pH: 8.2 (unchanged)
Ammonia .25 (unchanged)
Nitrite 0 (unchanged)
Nitrate 5ppm (up from 0)

I did some plant trimming, and skimming of some dead plant matter.
There is now some fuzz algae in the still end of the tank, which was directly under the light.
I have not done any water changes.

Questions: The ammonia is not fluctuating...Not rising or falling. Have had the plants in the tank since 6/13/13...The baseline ammonia from the tap was .20, has been at .25 since I added the plants. Is there anything I should be concerned about?

I plan on adding some more plants and a few fish NEXT weekend, and a power head to move water in the still end of the tank. Are there any adjustments I should make before adding fish? I am thinking of starting with guppies, and maybe an algae eater or two. Any concerns?

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if you do readings right after you add tap, that could be a false reading - or more accurately, the reading of ammonium not ammonia. Prime will change ammonia into a non-fish killing form that the beneficial bacteria can still eat. give it a day after a water change and you should see that read zero.

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I have done NO water changes since filling the tank. I added about 3 gallons the day before the plants went in. My baseline tapwater ammonia reading was .20. It has remained unchanged since adding the plants on 6/13/13, at the current reading of .25.

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Three days out from a 25% water change:

pH: 8.0-8.2 (slightly down)
Ammonia: from .25 to 0 (down)
Nitrite: .25 (up from 0)
Nitrate: .5ppm (down from 5ppm)

I am surprised changes have not been larger. New growth on all the plants, roots are taking. Reduced light time, less algae. Water circulation and 'going after it' seem to be disrupting the fuzz algae.

Question: Is the carbon in the blue filter cartridges altering my water chemistry? Should I remove the carbon, and just put some filament in there? I am going to be putting a few plants in the HOB, soon.

Guppies, probably Thursday or Friday, and another gift pack of plants soon, as well.

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Are you adding ammonia? If your tank is not done cycling please do not add fish. Wait until you can add ammonia and have all your ammonia and nitrate at zero within twenty four hours.
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Ahh the joys of Hillsborough, Pasco and or Pineallas county water

Did I read that right that you have ammonia coming from your tap ? Also make sure you wipe your equipment as soon as it's wet otherwise you'll be scrubbing to get it off during maintenance
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post #25 of 25 (permalink) Old 06-25-2013, 05:15 AM Thread Starter
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Yup. Ammonia read .20 from the tap.

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