Brackish water parameters

Discussion in 'Brackish Tanks Forum' started by PuffPuff, Jul 8, 2015.

  1. PuffPuffWell Known MemberMember

    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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  2. bettamarsValued MemberMember

    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.

  3. PuffPuffWell Known MemberMember

    perfect. Thanks for the input. Glad to know I'm doing the right thing here. Can't wait for it to be cycled

  4. junebugFishlore LegendMember

    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.

  5. PuffPuffWell Known MemberMember

    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.)
  6. hampalongWell Known MemberMember

    You want freshwater test kits for brackish.
  7. PuffPuffWell Known MemberMember

    good thats the kit im using currently. just waiting until it cycles. ugghh
  8. junebugFishlore LegendMember

    I have read the opposite in several places. Especially with the API kit... Now I have to go google some more LOL.
  9. hampalongWell Known MemberMember

    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... :)
  10. PuffPuffWell Known MemberMember

    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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  11. hampalongWell Known MemberMember

    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.
  12. PuffPuffWell Known MemberMember

    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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  13. hampalongWell Known MemberMember

    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...
  14. PuffPuffWell Known MemberMember

    No water change. Tank has been up for 2 weeks now today.
  15. cichlidman2012Valued MemberMember

    They should be some changes in the nitrate I would get a new one and retest it
  16. PuffPuffWell Known MemberMember

    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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  17. cichlidman2012Valued MemberMember

    Yes it dos to me

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