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Hi, sorry if i've missed other threads? are you doing a fish in cycle or fishless? that dictates what advice you get about water changes.ValerieAdams said:I am a little less than a week in. I started off with 8 ppm ammonia, 0 ppm Nitrite & 5 ppm Nitrate. Today I’m at 4 ppm Ammonia, 1-2 ppm Nitrite & 10-20 ppm Nitrate (the two oranges on the sheet look SUPER similar). Should I do a water change to reduce the Nitrate or just let it go?
I would definitely not do fish in (sorry just assumed it doesn’t really happen anymore lol). I used Dr. Tim’s ammonia & Doctor Tim’s One & Only Nitrifying Bacteria. My tap water does have nitrates. It was 5 ppm right out of the tap & I didn’t use cycled mediaJenoli42 said:Hi, sorry if i've missed other threads? are you doing a fish in cycle or fishless? that dictates what advice you get about water changes.
the other important thing we'd need to know is if you've used any bottled bacteria or "quick start" product.
if you're doing fishless, then i'd let your ammonia come down to zero, dose it up to 2ppm again within 24 hours and see if your bacteria process that within about 12 hours. don't change water. your cycle is coming along nicely. does your tap water have nitrates? or did you seed with cycled media?
if it's fish in, then i have very different advice...but i'm thinking that's unlikely given your numbers?
Righto, perfect. I think Dr Tim's says not to do a water change for a period of time on the instructions? Check that out.ValerieAdams said:
I haven't done a water change so that's why I was confused. I've tested the same exact way every day, shaking the bottles and tubes like the directions say to. I don't know what would have changedjdhef said:Unless you performed a water change, your nitrates will not decrease....so I'm thinking testing error.
Yes you need to add ammonia. I would shoot for getting the ammonia level to 2ppm.
Yes, several. Java Moss, Java Fern, Anubias Nana, Anubias Nana Petite, Crypt Wendtii, and Vallisneria AmericanaMazeus said: