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post #2 of (permalink) Old 03-18-2015, 10:39 AM
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I assume the new test kit you purchased was a liquid test kit? If the instructions were followed, then it is likely that you are experiencing a cycle/bacterial bloom, as you are already aware. This is indicated by the increase in ammonia that you have. As a confirmation, you can also test a sample of distilled or RO water to ensure that the test results read zero.

I would do some partial water changes to lower the ammonia in the meantime.

While adding plants and fish can result in a "silent" cycle (as some plants will preferentially take up ammonia over nitrates), this is really only feasible if you have a large plant mass, which does not seem to the case for you.

For the bright green hairs that are on your plants, it sounds like algae. It could be several varieties, so a photo would help in diagnosing it.

In general, to prevent algae, you must have a balance between light, fertilizers and CO2. Too much/too little of one will lead to algae problems. Since this is a new aquarium, you probably are not dosing fertilizers nor CO2 yet (but let us know if you are), so the kind of lighting you have would be helpful information to have.

Anthony


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