Update From Previous Post...need Feedback...

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish Disease' started by Buffalofishguy, Apr 15, 2018.

  1. BuffalofishguyNew MemberMember

    Alright let me post an update...

    So I went out and bought some Tetra Safe Start and poured it in the tank. I also bought a better water condition test kit vs. the strips. Water in Upstate NY has a high hardness to it but an average carbonate hardness to it as an FYI.

    Now after a few weeks...here's my conditions...

    Ammonia = 0
    Nitrites = 0
    Nitrates = 0
    pH = 7.4

    I haven't cleaned out my Fluval and I only have one fish in the tank currently until this all gets sorted out so I'm not too concerned about that.

    What should my next steps be? Should I be concerned about my pH rising? Is that normal after the Safe Start which I put in two weeks ago? Why have my Nitrates not moved? What is the optimal level of Nitrates?

    As always...thanks to all of you for the advice.
  2. FanaticFishlore VIPMember

    You need to be adding ammonia as a source for the bacteria to feed on.
    If you haven't added it, and it's been more than 48 hours, the SafeStart bacteria has died.
  3. david1978Fishlore LegendMember

    Op has a fish in the tank so is doing a fish in cycle.
  4. FanaticFishlore VIPMember

    Oh, well then that's good.
    I didn't see that mentioned.