Tank Started To Recycle

Emma McCarthy


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2.5 weeks ago I did a water change and I only tested nitrate which was bad on my part and it read 20 ppm so I thought everything was fine. Had been dealing with a green water problem and so I got the green killing machine and it just cleared up after 4 days of having it on. I am not sure what could have caused this.
 

Fishstery

I need some more info to help you
What size is the tank?
What is your pH?
What is your stock and filtration?
How long has the tank been set up?
Do you rinse or replace your filter media?
Did you forget to use water conditioner?
Have you used any chemicals or medications recently?
 

Emma McCarthy

I need some more info to help you
What size is the tank?
What is your pH?
What is your stock and filtration?
How long has the tank been set up?
Do you rinse or replace your filter media?
Did you forget to use water conditioner?
Have you used any chemicals or medications recently?

10gal tank

pH 6.4

3 platies and a mystery snail

I have a fluval 30 filter

The tank has been established for about 1.75 years

I rinse the media

I always use conditioner

No chemicals no medicines
 

Fishstery

10gal tank

pH 6.4

3 platies and a mystery snail

I have a fluval 30 filter

The tank has been established for about 1.75 years

I rinse the media

I always use conditioner

No chemicals no medicines
Do you rinse it with tap or the aquarium water? And it's been said that low pH can cause a cycle to crash because the bacteria has a hard time establishing in that level of acidity although I'm not certain on how true that is, maybe try and read in to that more has the pH always been that low?
 

Emma McCarthy

Do you rinse it with tap or the aquarium water? And it's been said that low pH can cause a cycle to crash because the bacteria has a hard time establishing in that level of acidity although I'm not certain on how true that is, maybe try and read in to that more has the pH always been that low?

I rinse media in tank water and I do not check pH very often so I am not sure
 

Fishstery

I rinse media in tank water and I do not check pH very often so I am not sure
I would check your test kit first. There should be a month/date expiration on the box, make sure it's not an expired test. Then I would carefully retest your aquarium water to account for user error. Then if you aren't getting different readings I would test your tap water in full (including pH) and report back. Sometimes the worker at my LFS tells me stories of people not understanding why their nitrates are through the roof and won't go down just to figure out later that they had an issue with a sewage sump which was contaminating their tap with fecal matter (yuck!!!!)
 

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