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Then I’ll do 70 to 80% water changes every day to remove nitrates and buffer the Ph.mattgirl said:There are certain ways to set up your tank to grow a bacteria that will help remove nitrates but I have never done it so can't give advice on what you need to do to grow it. Just ceramic rings or any media for that matter won't just automatically grow that bacteria. Do a search here on the forum or you may want to start another thread about it and those that know may be able to help you.
Since this is a fishless tank doing a 100% water change would not cause a problem. I am not saying you need to change that much. I just wanted to let you know you can change enough to get your nitrates down and your PH up.
It seems your experience with algae is proving that RO water doesn't prevent it. Chlorine in your tap water isn't a problem as long as you use a water conditioner to remove it. Most water conditioners claim to remove heavy metals too. I don't understand why you have dirty water coming from your tap but only you can know that and what is causing it. [/QUOTE said:Since I’ve put in my RO filter unit ( for drinking and water supply for my tanks) I’ve realised within a month how dirty the filter got due to the water.
I read back through this thread and unless I am just over looking it I don't think you have said what size this tank is. I will say if you are only going to put a Betta in this tank there is no need to grow enough bacteria to process 2 or 3ppm ammonia daily. .5 to 1 should be plenty.[/QUOTE said:It is a 5 gallon
I am thinking it is nothing more than a bacterial bloom. Once the numbers are balanced it should start clearing up. It is also possible it is bacteria that has died if there was an over abundance of bacteria you moved over from your cycled tank. If it wasn't getting as much food as it was used to it could be dying off. [/QUOTE said:Ok thank you.
If the PH in this tank has been this low ever since you put the filter and seeded media in it the ammonia has been ammonium and as I said before. The bacteria can process it but not as well as ammonia so some bacteria may be dying off[\QUOTE said:The Ph was about 5.99 when I got the filter. I’m sorry if the reply is weirdly layout since it’s my first time doing this. And thank you so much for taking your time and answering my questions.