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Here are my Water test Results over 9 days. Anything I should I do?

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Fluval Roma 240. I have added ammonia and bacteria. I have NO livestock just plants with c02 do my reading seem normal.

I have not done any water changes as yet,

Day 4
PH = 6
Ammonia = 8
Nitrite = 1
Nitrate = 0

Day 6
PH = 6
Ammonia = 8
Nitrite = 1
Nitrate = 0

Day 9
PH = 6.6
Ammonia = 8
Nitrite = 0.25
Nitrate = 5

It seems on day 9 my PH has increased, Nitirte has fallen slightly and Nitrate has increased, is everything ok? should I do some water changes?

Any help or advice very appreciated.
 

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Yes, there is definitely something wrong if your Ammonia is reading 8ppm! It should be 0ppm.

Your nitrate is looking ok. In freshwater aquariums it should be anywhere from 5ppm-10ppm, so you are in the clear.

Your ph should be higher than that. What fish are you planning on getting?
 

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Are you still adding ammonia? If your nitrite is going up (and back down) and your nitrate is going up your ammonia should be going down. If its still at 8ppm do a 50% water change to drop it to 4ppm.
Then I'm afraid its a waiting game :)
 

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Ideally you should drop the ammonia level to 3 ppm. Your ammonia reading of 8 ppm is right at the top of the scale of most testers so it could actually be well over 8 ppm. The reason your ammonia level doesn't appear to be dropping is because it is probably well of the top of the tester scale so even if the plants and bacteria are removing some, it is still over 8 ppm.

The problem with adding too much ammonia is that it makes so much nitrite that the cycle stalls. Each 1 ppm ammonia is turned into 2.7 ppm nitrite, so you don't need much ammonia to reach the stall point of 15 to 16 ppm nitrite.
That's why the fishless cycling method on here was written. If followed properly nitrite can never get high enough to stall the cycle.


8 ppm ammonia won't do the plants much good either. If a fishless cycle is done using ammonia, the plants should not be added until after the cycle is complete.
How many plants do you have, a lot or just a few? If it's a lot you don't need to do a fishless cycle. Plants use ammonia as fertiliser and if there are enough well growing plants they will use all the ammonia made by a sensibly stocked tank of fish. So if there are a lot of plants, do a huge water chnage to remove all the ammonia from the water, watch the plants for a couple of weeks to make sure they are actively growing, then add fish a few at a time. Monitor ammonia and nitrite daily, and do a water change if you ever see either of them above zero.
 
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I have done a 50% water change and will retest the water in 4 days and update this thread thanks for your advise.
 
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