water liquid tests

  1. JennBoss6 Initiate Member

    I can't help but feel that I'll kill my stepdaughter's fish.
    I brought her 30 gallons fish tank for her birthday. Her Dad (my husband) could not wait to buy her fish so they took off to store to buy 4 Glofish. I had just put water in that afternoon. They came home and just put them in there so yeah. I had this fish for 4 weeks and they are still alive. They did get ich one time and I treated all week then I became too busy with family stuff. Any advices will be great.. I tested the water with liquid kit.

    Ph is 7.6
    higher ph is 8.8 (ack?)
    Ammonia is 0.0 ppm (is that possible? Test error?)
    nitrite 1.0 ppm...
  2. Goofy Gourami Initiate Member

  3. Emilynn55 Member Member

    4 gold fish are a little extreme for a 30 gal. I have a 55 and only have 3 because of their size that they could get. That could also be why they got ich.

  4. fishingdeep Member Member

    i do a fishless cycle, so I am watching
  5. Andrew Sackett Member Member

    I think she means dyed fish

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  6. fishingdeep Member Member

    Then this should be a different post, should't it ?
  7. JennBoss6 Initiate Member

    Yes, dyed fish Glofish, not goldfish :) nitrite test are messed up it said 1.0 ppm?
  8. Machine11 Well Known Member Member

    If you have 0 ammonia and nitrite level 1.0 it's sounds like your cycle is underway and kicking in but not finished yet.
    Read about the aquarium nitrogen cycle. You will also need to test for nitrates as well.
    I would suggest doing a water change to bring the nitrite level down as nitrites are also harmful to fish

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  9. JennBoss6 Initiate Member

    I did a water change today about 25%... Good?
  10. Lucy Moderator Moderator Member

  11. JennBoss6 Initiate Member

  12. JennBoss6 Initiate Member

    What do you mean? I chose freshwater beginners?
  13. Lucy Moderator Moderator Member

    Man made, yes but not dyed.
    Their origin is very fascinating (see link in post 10) and not all agree with it.

    However the glofish we see in the stores get their color from their parents

    No, you're fine.
    Technically the thread should be in the cycling forum but most beginners post here first.

    Now I fear we are veering way off topic.
    Let's get the cycling issue sorted out. :)

    Sounds like you've gotten good advice so far.
  14. FiscCyning Member Member

    Welcome to Fishlore and congrats on the new aquarium!

    On the bright side glofish are danios which are a very hardy fish. That's why they've survived the tank's cycle so far. Water changes will still be great for keeping nitrite levels down until the cycle finishes (and then weekly after that). Also, if you can give us your nitrate readings that will help us know how far along your cycle is.
  15. JennBoss6 Initiate Member

    Ok, I will work on getting the readings tomorrow. To make sure it was correct or what.
  16. JennBoss6 Initiate Member

    Ok I did the nitrite and nitrate readings. Nitrite is 0 ppm and nitrate is 5.0 ppm
  17. JennBoss6 Initiate Member

    Retested Ammonia to make sure and it is 0.25 ppm not 0.. What should I do

    I did about 25% water change yesterday
  18. junebug Fishlore Legend Member

    .25 ppm is not that bad for ammonia. I would just add some Prime or another ammonia detoxifier, instead of a water change at this point, as you kind of want that ammonia to feed the BB. Your cycle is very nearly complete if those readings are correct, and the danios will be fine with this. Just skip a feeding and let the tank figure itself out.

    Edit: Also just wanted to add two things. 1) welcome to the forum! glad I got you to take a look here, it's a great place and a lot of fun peeps. and 2) the ammonia kit makes it VERY hard to tell the difference between .25 ammo and 0 ammo. If it's only a little darker than 0, assume the test is just slightly off. It happens all the time.
  19. JennBoss6 Initiate Member

    Okay, that makes me feel better that there's high hope I'll not kill those fish! Thank you for inviting me to check this site out, I'm liking it so far, nice people willing to help me out.
  20. JennBoss6 Initiate Member

    One question... When I am testing the water, which one I should use? Ph or the higher ph?