Are My Water Levels Good??

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by Goldiefishie, Apr 13, 2017.

  1. G

    Goldiefishie New Member Member

    I have a goldfish and I've been trying to cycle my tank for about 3 months. I've been through all types of nitrite spikes and everything. So today I tested my water and my ph levels were really low so I did a 75% water change. Now my levels are:
    pH- 7.6
    Ammonia- 0

    I'm happy that both nitrite and ammonia levels are 0 I've never seen that but I for the past few weeks I've had at least 10-20 nitrates but my nitrites were like .5.. What happened to my nitrates and is it bad that I don't have any? And is the tank cycled?
  2. aquatickeeper

    aquatickeeper Fishlore VIP Member

    Nitrates were 0 probably because you did a 75% water change, and that probably removed all of the nitrates. Your tank sounds cycled.
  3. OP

    Goldiefishie New Member Member

    They were 0 before the water change too but my goldfish is in a 10 gallon tank which is too small for him so I try to do large water changes like 50% once a day and I didn't change it for like 2 days so I did 75%
  4. aquatickeeper

    aquatickeeper Fishlore VIP Member

    Is your tank heavily planted?
  5. OP

    Goldiefishie New Member Member

    What does that mean lol? I have 2 artificial plants.
  6. jdhef

    jdhef Moderator Moderator Member

    Heavily Planted would mean having a lot of live plants.
  7. MaddieTaylah

    MaddieTaylah Well Known Member Member

    What method did you use when cleaning the filter (if you did clean the filter)? Did you make sure to use dechlorinator when you did the water change?
  8. MikeRad89

    MikeRad89 Well Known Member Member

    You have co2 in your tap water and you're reading the test incorrectly (it's not easy to read). If you had 20ppm nitrates and did and 75% water change you now have 5 ppm nitrates given there is no nitrate in your tap.

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