3 years ago#1
Pauly Fish
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I have a farley new tank about 2 in a half weeks old and i got advice from someone on this site to get a master test kit which i did. When i first added my fish 3 of them died and one lived and he is doing great now and i added one more, and he is doing great to! Here are my results please tell me how my tanks doing ??


Ammonia - 0

pH- 7.2

HARDNESS- 120

ALKALINITY- 120

Nitrite - 0

Nitrate - 0

i read the manual and this says my tank is good. i just wanted to make sure and here you guys tell me . Does this mean my tank is fully cycled ? and is that a normal amount of time for a 20 gallon tank? THANKS

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3 years ago#2
jlk
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At 2 wks into a newly setup tank, you should continue to monitor your water parameters (amm, nitrite, & nitrate) daily and do pwcs as needed if your levels of amm or nitrite reach .25 ppm(or higher). Right now your levels are stable but as you are not detecting any nitrates at all, I suspect your tank has yet to begin the cycling process. Nitrate is the end result of nitrification process: ammonia>nitrite>nitrate. If you are using an API master kit, make sure you REALLY shake the nitrate bottles & bang them on a hard surface for a full minute or two before testing- the reagants can clump & lead to a false result. Also make sure yyou run all of these tests on your tap water so you have a starting point for what you are putting in your tank. Please ask if you have questions!

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3 years ago#3
Pauly Fish
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I ran another test this morning there is still no ammonia showing up or NItrites and Nitrates. I did notice that the HARDNESS went up to 250 when it was 120 last night and the ALKALINITY went up to 240 when that was also 120 last night. I also tested the Tap water and it is okay, i have well water so it is not anything bad in it. if you have any extra advice to give me let me know , Like add more fish to get the cylcle going or anytihng else? THANKS

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3 years ago#4
jlk
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What type/size fish are in your tank right now?

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3 years ago#5
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For now, you may want to use conditioned tap water. Well water probably contains more minerals, and you may not want all of them in your aquarium.

Establishing a nitrogen cycle with fish in the aquarium is a long process, because it requires frequent partial water changes. This slows the growth of the beneficial bacteria that make the nitrogen cycle work, since partial water changes dilute the toxic nitrogen compounds that feed the bacteria.

Here's what to expect while the nitrogen cycle is growing:
http://www.myaquariumclub.com/another-look-at-the- nitrogen-cycle-1005.html


Also expect pH to fluctuate during the cycling process.

Pet shops will often test aquarium water for free. While these tests are not always reliable, they could at least help verify the API kit is working properly. Of course your water test also provides the pet shop a good opportunity to sell you the latest miracle cure for anything in your aquarium that needs fixing.

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3 years ago#6
Pauly Fish
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i have 2 tetras in my tank. smaller ones im going to get more tomorrow because i know there schooling fish

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3 years ago#7
Pauly Fish
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im just very confused because when i started my tank with 3 glow fish and 2 tetras they all died except for the one tetra who is doing okay now not as active as the other diamond tetra i added a week ago. i thought that was the start of the cycle because the spike in ammonia which is why they died. my 20 gallon tnk is about 2 weeks old. should i just do what im doing now and leave it with the 2 fish or add more ?

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3 years ago#8
jlk
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Yes, a spike in ammonia would have caused fish deathes. It should be ok to add 2 more small fish as long as you continue to monitor your levels of ammonia & nitrite daily for spikes. Anytime you see levels of amm/nitrite hit .25ppm (or higher) you will need to do water changes with conditioned water to bring these levels below .25 to keep your fish happy & healthy. Do not add anymore fish until the your amm/nitrite return to zero. If you see no change in your amm/nitrite levels (they stay at zero) in a wk after adding 2 fish, you can add another 2 fish & once again monitor your water daily for spikes.

As JohnArthur suggested, you should still be conditioning your water even though you are using well water. Water conditioners bind heavy metals common in well water that can affect your fish. Look for a water conditioner that states its effective against heavy metals in addition to ammonia, nitrites, & nitrates. And be patient- fishin cycling can take 6-8wks (or longer) & requires that you be viligant on your daily tests & water changes to keep your fish healthy.

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3 years ago#9
phe1200
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okay appreciate the advice il deffenetiely let you know how my tank is going and if i got anymore questions il ask you and add you as a friend! thanks again !

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3 years ago#10
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Please dont hesitate to ask any questions you may have!!! Good luck!!

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3 years ago#11
tracey
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Hello P B, you are very informative, im trying to find what the ph should be for Bettas, and can they live happily with live bearers Guppies etc
thanks for any help you can offer
<email> .au

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2 years ago#12
harryhashighpants
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tracey wrote:
Hello P B, you are very informative, im trying to find what the ph should be for Bettas, and can they live happily with live bearers Guppies etc
thanks for any help you can offer
<email> .au


Bettas can live with a Ph between 6 and 8 but I have mine as 7.2

Also bettas cannot live with other bettas unless they are females and females not males and females and they can be kept with Tetras like neon cardinal black neon.

Also corydora catfish and danios but most of these fish like tetras and corydoras are schooling fish and need to be kept with at least 5 of their own breed to be happy and not fin nip or anything

Guppys I do not recommend because the bright colours of the guppy will cause the betta to kill it and rip its tail of so not guppies
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1 year ago#13
Dexter
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my tank took almost 2 months to fully cycle.
since then my ammonia and nitrite are always zero, but there's always nitrate, and I keep it very low.
it only goes 0 for nitrate after PWC.

before it got cycled, I almost lost hope. Every night I would research and study chemistry and biology in relation to fish keeping, carry lots of pails with dechorinated water because I can't just get the hose directly to the tank because I have to dechlorinate it first,

and after all those efforts, many fishes still die, I spend lots of money to buy new fishes and medical stuff, I once had ich problem which killed many of my fishes, ammonia and nitrite spikes, but I never give up haha

when my tank got fully cycled, the fishes started to to well, I upgraded to a bigger tank and they have been doing fine so far after months I have completed the cycle.

There still are casualties but are quite rare, and I think that's a normal part of it, even though my tank is generally doing great, maybe some of the casualties are just because the fish have sustained a bad health because of the ridiculously bad tank conditions in local fish stores.

But as long as your tank parameters are good, and casualties/deaths are rare,
it's gonna be a rewarding pet keeping, catching the attentions of your visitors, relieving your stress after work or exams, and in my case, LOL, gave me exercise and build muscles, since PWC means I have to carry 8 pails of dirty water out of the tank, then 8 pails of dechlorinated freshwater to replace.

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