Brackish water parameters

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Can someone tell me if my tank is going down the right path here. Tank has been running for about 1 week and a half and these are the readings.
 

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It looks like you have some nitrites and nitrates, so that good. You're definitely heading in the right direction, but wait for the nitrites to go down before adding fish.
 
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perfect. Thanks for the input. Glad to know I'm doing the right thing here. Can't wait for it to be cycled
 

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It would be immensely helpful if you uploaded your photo directly to fishlore, and set it right-side-up. That way we could actually blow it up and not have to worry about external site links.

As for your readings, are you using a freshwater test kit or a saltwater one? For a brackish tank, you do need the saltwater kit.
 
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I normally do upload the correct wait, but last night I had no access to a desktop only mobile. but I have the freshwater kit. since my salinity is very low. less than 10 ppt (1.007 S.G.)
 

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You want freshwater test kits for brackish.
 
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good that's the kit I'm using currently. just waiting until it cycles. ugghh
 

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hampalong said:
You want freshwater test kits for brackish.
I have read the opposite in several places. Especially with the API kit... Now I have to go google some more LOL.
 

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I don't know about the API kit. But generally the amount of salt in brackish water is easily handled by the freshwater kits. Always used to be anyway...
 
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Checked my parameters today:
Ph: 7.8
Am: .25
Nitrite: .25
nitrate: 0


my last last test done 2 days ago readings were:
ph: 7.8
am: .50
nitrite: 1.0
nitrate: 20


what do you all think??


My tank so far. Still work in progress
 

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Ammonia and nitrite have come down, so nitrate must have gone up. Retest the nitrates? Reagent 2 needs to be banged on a table a few times, aswell as shaken.
 
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Your right. It's at a 10ppm. Banging it does the trick.

Or 20ppm. It's hard to tell



The night before I threw in some media from my other tank in there.

Did I mess up?
 

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No you did well, the bacteria will speed it up. I think you might need a new nitrate kit. You had 20, then more was made so the next reading should be higher than 20.... unless you've done a water change...
 
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No water change. Tank has been up for 2 weeks now today.
 
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I believe my tank has cycled. What do you all think.
Ammonia: 0
nitrite: 0
nitrate: I can't tell if it went down or stayed. But looks like anywhere from 10-20
 

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