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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-01-2013, 11:13 PM Thread Starter
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Recently moved and made a rookie mistake with my tank (advise please!)

The heart of the matter is that I moved recently and mistakingly cleaned my filters while I was setting the tank back up. All the old substrate, rocks etc and what plants actually survived the move were put in the tank. All water is fresh. Didn't think about the fact that I rinsed the media until after it was too late.

Was finally able to check the levels today.
NH4 .25
NO2 0
NO3 10

I do not know exactly where the levels were before I moved, but they were perfect for the months before and no stress or deaths except some neons to neon disease and two panda cory cats for unknown reasons around the same time as the neons.

Current Inhabitants: 6 neons, 1 panda cat, 1 dwarf flame gourami, 1 long fin albino bristlenose catfish, two baby mollies (the rest of the mollies that were in the tank will be finding a new home next week.)

I'm watching for stress but wonder if there is anything else I can do while I wait. Should I give it a few weeks or go ahead and add more plants? (I'm thinking replant!) I lost several of my big plants in the move because they were out of the water for quite some time while we dismantled and reassembled. *sigh* My tank is really looking sparse.
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You can always buy a bottle of this to seed your filter.

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More plants will help with the ammonia. At this point I'd just do water changes to keep NH3 and any NO2 that may pop up as low as possible. At the very least there should be some bacteria still left in the substrate, rocks, plants, etc. that you wont be cycling all over again.
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More plants will help with the ammonia. At this point I'd just do water changes to keep NH3 and any NO2 that may pop up as low as possible. At the very least there should be some bacteria still left in the substrate, rocks, plants, etc. that you wont be cycling all over again.
I agree. A small spike is possible, but just rinsing your filters isn't going to cause a dramatic change. Now if everything was left to dry out, that's a different story, because the bacteria can and will die out of water for too long, but with those numbers I would just plant and monitor. Jpapy was right on.

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If you just rinse your bio media via the tap water, I don't believe you have killed all the bacteria. You can relax.


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Depends on what "cleaned" means. Just tap water, I wouldn't worry too much.
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safestart is a good idea. other than that, just keep testing your water and do water changes as needed.

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Thanks everyone! I dumped my filter water since we were draining the tank and the filter had to reprime. I did only rinse with tap water. Nothing in the tank itself dried out, but I did try to clean the filter media (pads) a bit when I was dumping the water.

When and how often should I do water changes in this instance? I'm excited to have an excuse to go get plants this weekend (as if I really have time!) We are still finishing up our move and need to be cleaning the old house! But hey, gotta take care of my fish!!

Thanks everyone! Realized last night I never updated my tank pics so I will do that after it is replanted.
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Water changes depend on the spikes and numbers it increases, if it stays as is with ammo only hitting .25 I would maybe do a 25% every day or every other day to keep from stressing the fish too much. If it goes higher, then more water would need to be changed out. I don't think you'll see too much of a spike with only rinsing with tap water. You probably kill off some bacteria, but not all and it should equalize pretty quick. Adding plants will help the parameters stabilize.

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