Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Fort Myers, Floriduh
Greeting planted tankers. I have a question I am hoping someone can help me clear up. I have a 30 gallon tank that I set up in the first week of August. This tank currently has 9 tetras in it and a few pieces of driftwood. When I test my water I have high ammonia but zero nitrates or nitrites. If this because the nitrifying bacteria has not fully established a large enough colony to deal with the bioload? My ammonia readings are 8 ppm using Mardel test strips, and 4 ppm using an API liquid reagent test, both of which are new and they both give normal readings on my other tanks. Because of this, I do not think it is a bad test kit/strips/reagents. I may be wrong about this, so I came to the place where people who know more than me can be found. Thanks for your help!
I even have duckweed in my water bong!