Not Sure If Numbers Are Good Or Not?

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Hello! I don't know if these numbers are bad or good?

Do I need to add anything to the water or do a water change? It was an old tank with anubias in it. I broke it down, changed the filter out(HOB with a carbon filter), changed the substrate and 100% water change on Wednesday. I had a 7.2 PH and 1pm Ammonia that day, it was tested as soon as I put the water in the tank with Prime.

PH 7.4 or 7.5- too high
Ammonia 1.0
Nitrite .25
Nitrate 0

Any help is appreciated thanks!
 

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Stacy Owens said:
Hello! I don't know if these numbers are bad or good?

Do I need to add anything to the water or do a water change? It was an old tank with anubias in it. I broke it down, changed the filter out(HOB with a carbon filter), changed the substrate and 100% water change on Wednesday. I had a 7.2 PH and 1pm Ammonia that day, it was tested as soon as I put the water in the tank with Prime.

PH 7.4 or 7.5- too high
Ammonia 1.0
Nitrite .25
Nitrate 0

Any help is appreciated thanks!
If there are fish in the tank, the numbers are bad, if there are no fish in the tank, the numbers indicate that your tank is starting to cycle and that's good. Your total ammonia and nitrite need to be below 1.0, if there are fish in there, and you need to treat the tank with Prime while it cycles. If you need advice while cycling the tank with or without fish, you've come to the right place. This will help you understand the nitrogen cycle:
https://www.fishlore.com/NitrogenCycle.htm
 

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I agree with everything said above. Just so you know, you ideally want 0ppm ammonia, 0ppm nitrite, and 0-20ppm nitrate.
 
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Momgoose56 said:
If there are fish in the tank, the numbers are bad, if there are no fish in the tank, the numbers indicate that your tank is starting to cycle and that's good. Your total ammonia and nitrite need to be below 1.0, if there are fish in there, and you need to treat the tank with Prime while it cycles. If you need advice while cycling the tank with or without fish, you've come to the right place. This will help you understand the nitrogen cycle:
https://www.fishlore.com/NitrogenCycle.htm
No fish, but I have nerite snails. They are hating these parameters. Thanks for answering!
 

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Stacy Owens said:
No fish, but I have nerite snails. They are hating these parameters. Thanks for answering!
The ammonia and nitrite are bothering them. Nerites are good water condition barometers. Do you need help with cycling the tank? It will take a few weeks to fully cycle, could take less time if you could temporarily re-house the Nerites and use ammonia and a bacterial culture to speed up the process...
 
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The ammonia and nitrite are bothering them. Nerites are good water condition barometers. Do you need help with cycling the tank? It will take a few weeks to fully cycle, could take less time if you could temporarily re-house the Nerites and use ammonia and a bacterial culture to speed up the process...
This is the only tank I have unfortunately.
 

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