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Re: Cycle test
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Hi and thanks for the reply.

I am using the api test kit.



Re: Cycle test
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That seems awfully fast to be showing nitrite....which test kit are you using?

There's an article here on how to do a fishless cycle, but in a nutshell you add ammonia, test daily and when it drops dose more ammonia back up to the starting level. When both ammonia and nitrite show 0 within 12 hours of adding a dose of ammonia the cycle is complete. Nitrate will be very high at this point and a very large (close to 100%) water change is needed before adding fish.

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Cycle test
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Hi everyone

I am new to the hobby so I have a question.

I started a fishless cycle on Saturday and took my first test today with the following reading ---- Ammonia-4.0ppm
Nitrite- 5.0ppm

Do I test every day and wait for the ammonia to drop?

I don't want this to fail so fingers crossed.

Thanks

Scotty



Re: Water test kit, any help understanding the result
Posted on: 22/1/2017 22:42
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Hi Fcmf,

Thanks for the Info, My tank has been running for a while (approx. 3 - 4 months) and I have a selection of Mollies, Platies and some Gourami.

I have been doing a 20% water changes every 7 - 10 days, I was advised by the local pet shop I may be doing it a bit to often so have not done a change now for 14 days I did the test yesterday so a, quite pleased with the water quality, especially since my original thoughts have been confirmed by the help given on here. I am new to the chemical test kits as I was just using the tetra 6 in 1 strips but they did not seem that accurate.



Re: Water test kit, any help understanding the result
Posted on: 22/1/2017 22:16
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Just to add to the above helpful advice:

If you've got fish in the tank and have had so for some time, the ammonia/nitrite/nitrate readings are indeed good - although the results will vary and increase as time goes on from a water change, so, if you normally do a water change on a Saturday, always best to test on the Fri or just before the water change on the Sat, to check if water quality remains at those levels. If not and they have risen, then best to do more frequent and larger water changes.

However, if this is a new tank and you've just been letting tap water sit in it with a filter running, with a view to getting fish, then the tank won't have cycled and the readings will read as though the water is of good quality and non-toxic to fish. The filter needs to go through a cycling process, involving the addition of ammonia (best to use household ammonia) to simulate fish waste and thus kickstart the filter into converting that to nitrite and then nitrates, and therefore being able to process ammonia once fish are in the tank - this is a fish-less cycle. If this isn't done and fish are added, the filter is basically "learning" how to process the fish waste while the fish are in the tank and the fish are exposed to toxic levels of ammonia, nitrite and nitrates during a "fish-in" cycle.

Hope this is helpful and apologies if this is repeating what you already know. Some new fishkeepers aren't aware of this, then wonder how their water was of seemingly perfect quality and why the fish succumb soon after being introduced to the new tank, when it's a matter of the filter not having been prepared properly in advance.

Incidentally, another way to check your water hardness is to input your postcode into your water utility website - it should give you readings in degrees Clark, French, German, CaCO3, mg Ca/l, magnesium, etc.



Re: Water test kit, any help understanding the result
Posted on: 22/1/2017 20:47
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Hi James,

I have checked, the GH is measured in mg/L (ppm) which if I have calculated it right is 14.6 dH.



Re: Water test kit, any help understanding the result
Posted on: 22/1/2017 18:56
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Hi James,

Thanks for the reply, I am going to have a look and see what the measurement is in. I am assuming it is in Mg/L, but will check.

The test I am using is the Nutrafin test.



restless and chasing after each other
Posted on: 22/1/2017 18:15
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Hi everyone, I'm very new to the forum and fish keeping. In fact, today we got the very first fish ever. Tropical 55l tank, cycled w/o fish in about 4 weeks. Went to the store today and they tested the water (we also tested at home) and got 8 guppies of different colours.

The fish seem to be OK but some of them are constantly chasing after the others and others seem restless. Is it normal for them to behave like that? I'm staring at them and feel like this isn't normal, they seemed more calm at the store.

Many thanks.



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Thank You for your info



Re: Sick goldfish - red streaks in tail and slight swelling
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Great re the new tank. Be very careful to ensure that you move across the filter media as I described before - that will be crucial.

I would keep up the water changes as I've described. You could consider treating with a medication for bacterial/fungus/finrot such as eSHa 2000 or Waterlife Myxazin - something stronger than API Melafix - as well but the water changes are more important. [NB. I'm unsure what medications are available in the US.]




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