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newbie parameters

Ok guys,
I had my water test at the lfs and the nitrites and nitrates were around a 5? The ph is 7.8-8.0. The tank has been running for 3 weeks with plants vals and I recently added some other things. Last week I added 10 black neon and 2 otos.

I placed maybe 6 osmacote root tabs 2-3 weeks ago and use Flourish comprehensive twice a week.

Could the tabs be throwing off my readings? I am wanting to add my angels but don't want to stress or kill them. The other fish are thriving though...ugh

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nitrites of 5 will definitely kill your fish. you have to wait until amonia and nitrite become 0 before adding any fish.
if you pused osmocoate deep enough into the substrate, they should not leak into water.
on the side note, too much light, cut it to 1/2 even 1/4 if you can, do you have co2?
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I may have had them backwards as the fish that are in there are doing great. The ammonia was very low...almost zero.
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Your tank has only been running for 3 weeks and I suspect your cycling is not quite completed yet. Plants in your tank are definitely going to help accelerate the cycle, but it could still take another week or two before your testing reflects 0 nitrites.
Hope your fish fare ok through this next period of time. WC's every couple of days over the next week or so will help reduce the nitrites to less toxic levels.
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I'm getting the master test kit this evening...we'll see what it's doing for sure.
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bought the test kit

ok, so hard head went and bought the test kit...lol

Ph is around 7.6 or so
Ammonia is between 0 and .25 ppm
Nitrite looks to be around .5 ppm
Nitrate is between 0 and 5.0 ppm

These are a little better. So I am almost there.
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Your tank is not finished cycling if you ask me. Ammonia will and should be 0. Nitrite should be 0 if your cycle is right. Nitrate around 0-5 is OK in my book.

Remember the tank will first eat dangerous Ammonia turning it into Nitrite (also dangerous), then the tank will start eating Nitrite and turning that into Nitrate (which is not as terrible as Nitrite). When the first two are dead 0 and you get some Nitrate, that when your cycle is running. It took my 90 over a month to get right, and it was heavily planted from day one.
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Yup, getting there though...lol I'll check it again Friday or so. Should I do anything like a partial water change or just sit tight?
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Yup, getting there though...lol I'll check it again Friday or so. Should I do anything like a partial water change or just sit tight?
Well that is a judgement call on your part. For the sake of the fish I would do a 25% water change...but understand that might slow your cycle from completing as you are removing some of the bacteria you are trying to grow. This is why you hear so many people talking about doing fishless cycles. Then your water can get as toxic as it wants during the cycle building without endangering your fish.
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Ph - you guys think this is ok?

So, I checked my Ph out of the tap...it's the lower test results. The higher test are from the tank and it appears it's right at the "to high" line. Does it make sense that I should remove one or more of these large rocks? Don't know what they are as my parents brought them back from Texas for my son.
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Good ol Texas limestone will definitely raise your ph!
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I checked my ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate last night...0,0,and 5 ppm.
Here fishy fishy fishy...not I can get my angels.

Also, my vals are going crazy now. They're getting full and I have about 15 good off-shoots!
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