Someone please help me understand the api test kit

Discussion in 'Aquarium Nitrogen Cycle' started by ashleighh28, Jun 23, 2016.

  1. ashleighh28Well Known MemberMember

    Water test help!!!!!

    Ammonia 0.25pm
    Nitrate 10pm
    Nitrite 2.0pm
    Ph 7.6

    Currently running a 23l tank with one Betta inside. None cycled tank. Please some one give me a little help and advice!

    Last edited: Jun 23, 2016
  2. leftswerveWell Known MemberMember

    compare those readings to your treated tap water.

  3. ashleighh28Well Known MemberMember

    Water test help!!!!!

    All of them?
    His only been in there two days just about. Surely I shouldn't have to do a water change just yet?
    And if so how much water % wise.

  4. SabrinaBrookWell Known MemberMember

    Hi Ash,
    Have you treated your water in the tank with Prime or something similar?
    If he has only been in there 2 days does that mean your water is new?
  5. ashleighh28Well Known MemberMember

    My water has been in there for a week and two days it's been treated with prime and stability.
  6. leftswerveWell Known MemberMember

    check your source water for nitrates and ammonia.
    The prime can show up as ammonia in a test ,however I'll bet you're starting out with nitrates in your source.
  7. ashleighh28Well Known MemberMember

    Didn't read this properly and I've just done test of untreated Tap water the results are probably useless but they are,

    PH 7.6
    Nitrite 0ppm
    Nitrate 10.0ppm
    Ammonia 0ppm

    What shall I do then?
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  8. SabrinaBrookWell Known MemberMember

    Well even though its only been a week i would suggest a small water change 20% even to hopefully bring down the ammonia and nitrite. Be sure to add a little prime in the new water. Then wait a little bit and test the water again.
  9. Dragones5150918Well Known MemberMember

    Your cycling now. Ammonia is turning into nitrite which is the first step in cycling. I would do a 50% water change to get your nitrite down to 1ppm and dose prime to the volume of your tank so your Betta dies not suffer. Then moniter for changes. If nitrite rises above 1ppm, water change and prime until it stops going up. Once it falls it will move the nitrate number.
  10. ashleighh28Well Known MemberMember

    So should I add prime and stability? I don't wanna shock him doing a 50% water change. He seems fine.. But I would like to do a water change should I do a 30%
  11. Dragones5150918Well Known MemberMember

    Just as long as you get that nitrite down. You can do several 20% if you want to. As long as it comes down to 1ppm or less.
  12. el337Fishlore LegendMember

    I would do two 50% water changes to get it down below 1ppm. You won't shock him. It's more stressful doing several smaller ones and not as effective, IMO.
  13. Dragones5150918Well Known MemberMember

    I agree with you el337, smaller ones are more stressful, but OP said no, so made suggestion to that refusal.

    As long as the temperatures match between tank and tap, and the PH is with in .5 of each other there should be no shock.
  14. ashleighh28Well Known MemberMember

    Ok 40% changed temp the same. When should I retest?
  15. el337Fishlore LegendMember

    You can test now
  16. leftswerveWell Known MemberMember

    You've confirmed that you are at a disadvantage from the start with nitrates in your tap. As others have said, you are in full cycle and they're giving you help on that. Good lcuk
  17. ashleighh28Well Known MemberMember

    It's now coming up at 5ppm

    Should I water change again?
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  18. codyrex97Well Known MemberMember

  19. ashleighh28Well Known MemberMember

    No sorry I wrote that wrong. It's saying nitrate 5ppm and I think I've just broke my heater!
  20. codyrex97Well Known MemberMember

    Oh 5 nitrate is fine, you want your ammonia and nitrite somewhere at 1ppm or below. You don't need to worry about nitrate until like 40ppm I believe?

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