Cycling/water Change Question Help

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by FloydtheBetta, May 11, 2019.

  1. FloydtheBetta

    FloydtheBettaValued MemberMember

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    Hi everyone.

    I recently switched my betta over to a 6.8 gallon and used the media from my old tank. I also added 3 nerite snails and some blue shrimp. It had a nitrite spike at first but I added safe start and now the levels are staying at: ammonia 0, nitrite 0, and nitrate 10-20 (seriously can’t tell the difference).

    My question is I’ve noticed the nitrates staying at 10-20 consistently. When should I do water changes?

    I have TONS of plants so maybe that’s why the nitrate isn’t building up?
     

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  2. Kiks

    KiksWell Known MemberMember

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    If your plants are thriving and growing it's safe to assume they're consuming a part of the nitrates. Even though your nitrates stay at 10 - 20 ppm which is good, I'd still do a water change every week. There are other minerals in the water that you're not testing for that can get depleted.
     
  3. TamiR

    TamiRValued MemberMember

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    How is your betta doing with the shrimp? I was considering doing some shrimp in my betta tank but was unsure how it would work out. Of course, I may never get the betta or the shrimp if this cycle doesnt ever finish! (Sorry, venting my 31 days of frustration lol).
     
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    FloydtheBettaValued MemberMember

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    Oh no I’m sorry about the cycle frustration. I am the worlds most impatient person so I can’t imagine!

    He is doing great with them! I’ve been watching like a hawk and he hasn’t gone after them once. They are super good little hiders so with a lot of plants I think even if he wanted to eat them he couldn’t get to most of them.

    I tried a couple of ghost shrimp with him first though. He didn’t mind them at all— even saw one take a ride on his head once and he just seemed mildly annoyed. Haha

    I think it comes down to the fishes personality so just try a cheaper shrimp first and see how they react!
     
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