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Old 04-18-2013, 02:57 AM   #1
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Too dangerous to put fish back in?


Monday night I took down and re-scaped my 29G. I moved all the fish to a 10G and they have been in it for the past two nights. My plan was to move them all back into the tank tonight.

I question doing it now after testing the water. Nitrite and Ammonia check out but the nitrate reads 5-10ppm.

Here are my thoughts and please correct me if I'm wrong!

I took out water from the 29G and it's only 30-40% full right now. The water in the 10G (where the fish are) is from the 29G (so their original water) so I planned on putting that back in there, plus I have 5G of RO water I can put in, and I'd top it off with treated tap water. With the Nitrates reading 5-10ppm, would removing all that water (from the 29G) and replacing it with original and new water calm it down enough to make it safe enough to put fish back into tonight? Or do I need to wait more time before putting the fish in? And, if so, how long and what else do I need to do to lower Nitrates?

So very sorry if that was confusing, but I would really appreciate some feedback tonight.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 04-18-2013, 03:34 AM   #2
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That level of nitrates is trivial for fish. May as well take the opportunity for the partial wc, but otherwise you should be fine.
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That sounds normal and a good level for nitrates. It's perfectly fine to just top it off with the fresh water, and if it were me, I'd still do a quick acclimation.

I do have to ask, are you using the same gravel as before and everything, did you permanently remove a lot of things that contain BB?
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No worries. Especially if you have plants.
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That sounds normal and a good level for nitrates. It's perfectly fine to just top it off with the fresh water, and if it were me, I'd still do a quick acclimation.

I do have to ask, are you using the same gravel as before and everything, did you permanently remove a lot of things that contain BB?
Same gravel, same plants, same piece of wood. Because I used organic miracle-gro as a base, over time the gravel mixed in with it a little too much so I did rinse out a part of the gravel to help cut down on my water turning so brown and the amount of wood pieces at the bottom, so I obviously did kill some bacteria.

But I have rocks and other things in the 10G where the fish are now with plenty of bacteria on them and I'll put back in the 29G with them.

Thanks for the help!
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Old 04-19-2013, 03:32 AM   #6
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I would not worry about that low NO3. Just enough for the plants, plenty safe for the fish.

Make sure the GH, KH and TDS is similar to the water the fish are currently in.
Do not add so much RO that the GH, KH or TDS is way lower. This is hard for the fish to handle.
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Fish got added back in without any problems. Checked on them when I woke up and counted all bodies swimming happily (mostly cuz I just doubled their swimming area with the re-scape).

thanks for all the help.
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Old 04-19-2013, 05:47 PM   #8
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when I rescape, fish and as much water move to buckets. when i'm done, everything gets moved back along with water change
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Yaaay : ) and where's an updated pic of it now!?
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:47 AM   #10
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Yaaay : ) and where's an updated pic of it now!?
**UPDATE**

Here is what I have settled with for the time being. I have a nice brown crypt that I still need to add to the right. I am also trying to figure out a carpet or lower plant to put with the rocks. I hate where I have the bacopa and unknown plant in the center and I also hate the left side. I need to move some of those plants around again and figure out what will look better. Other than that, I am pleased. [Excuse the dirty glass, the last thing on my mind that night was cleaning the water spots]











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