Api Freshwater Test Results

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by Cousincat, Apr 5, 2018.

  1. Cousincat

    CousincatNew MemberMember

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    What does this mean on a tank that's in the process of cycling?

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  2. FishTankChris

    FishTankChrisNew MemberMember

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    You're about halfway there!

    Edit: Realised this is a bit vague, but your ammonia is close to zero now. Nitrite is still in the danger zone but assuming your tap water is free from nitrate, Nitrite is being processed into Nitrate. Shouldn't be too much longer before Ammonia and Nitrite reliably drop to zero within a day of adding ammonia and the cycle is complete. When that happens, big water change and you're good to add fish!
     
  3. bitseriously

    bitseriouslyWell Known MemberMember

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    Question: what's the purpose of the big water change after ammo and nitrite drop to zero? Is it to reduce nitrates, since doing so before adding fish allows a bigger % change than after?
     
  4. FishTankChris

    FishTankChrisNew MemberMember

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    Pretty much. After cycling the tank the nitrates tend to be elevated because of all the ammonia that was added to cycle it. Doing a large water change before adding the fish helps bring the nitrate level in the tank down closer to a more normal level for them.
     
  5. GuppyDazzle

    GuppyDazzleWell Known MemberMember

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    Totally agree with FishTankChris. The readings show good progress with cycling, not quite there yet.
     
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