Back To The Hobby Again!

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by Robjoco, Apr 17, 2018.

  1. RobjocoValued MemberMember

    I’m so glad I found this place. There is so much bad advice out there, and I admit that I keep falling for it!

    Quick history: Ive had smallish tanks on and off my whole life. BUT this time I’m determined to do it right (or at least better). So I decided to turn to the village for advice.

    55 gallon
    Fluval 70 hob (is that enough?)
    Natgeo black sand substrate
    “river rocks” from my landscaping that I soaked and rinsed repeatedly (but is that ok? I can pull them if needed)
    2 anubias so far (cultured)

    I’ve been cycling for about 2.5 weeks. Upon bad advice, I added 9 White Cloud Mountain minnows after 1 week.

    api master kit
    Results for tap water today:
    pH: 7.8
    Ammonia: 1.0
    Nitrite: 0
    Nitrate: 10

    Results for tank today:
    pH: 8.0
    Ammonia: .25
    Nitrite: 2
    Nitrate: 10

    What would you recommend next?

  2. Iverg1Well Known MemberMember

  3. leftswerveWell Known MemberMember

    Your tank results for today indicate that you are in the middle of a cycle.
    Are the fish still in it?

  4. RobjocoValued MemberMember

    Thanks for the replies!

    Yes, the fish are still in.

    How do I lower ammonia from .25?

    I did a 20% wc last night. Should I go get some ro Water and do another today?

  5. GrayGray4231Well Known MemberMember


    This link will help you with you ammonia problem
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  6. Iverg1Well Known MemberMember

    You could leave it and hope it gets better or you could add more bacteria useing QuickStart to convert the ammonia to nitrites

    Lol we used same source
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  7. leftswerveWell Known MemberMember

    If your tap is always 1ppm, then you need to look in to using a product such as prime. This will help to control the immediacy of the tap ammonia.
    The .25 in your tank will hopefully start to work itself out, you need to keep an eye on the Nitrite. It is going to go up. Daily water changes of 50% may be needed to keep it a 1 or so.
    If your numbers are correct, and you are tracking them, you are in full cycle mode. Do not use TSS or quickstart at this point. Testing and Partial water changes are your future.
  8. DanniDValued MemberMember

    I used SeaChem Stability to help when I added fish during a cycle... Should've waited but the Stability helped speed up the cycle
  9. RobjocoValued MemberMember

    Excellent info, thank you!

    Thanks! That really helps!

    I’ll look into this, thanks!
    I’m on it, thank you for the suggestion!
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  10. Mom2someWell Known MemberMember

    In good news - you have been given good advice already. Prime & Stability will help, both by Seachem & are designed to work together.
    Your beneficial bacteria will be strong & should grow to convert your tap water ammonia within 24-48 hours (speaking from experience).
  11. RobjocoValued MemberMember

    What an awesome village! I’m glad to have a timeline, thanks!
  12. SonyaValued MemberMember

    Welcome back to the hobby/addiction :). I have nothing to add, other than that. Seems like you've gotten some pretty good advice here.
  13. RobjocoValued MemberMember

    Thanks Sonya! Btw, your dog looks like my Lucy!

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