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Re: water test results post cycling

Discussion in 'New to the Hobby Questions and Answers' started by steve001, May 19, 2019.

  1. steve001

    steve001 New Member

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    Hello, Everyone
    My first post! Got a 55 gallon, 2 hob Fluval 70's. Sicce voyager 2 powerhead, and an aerator that kicks well. I believe a 300 watt heater. Temp is at 78 degrees. Cycled tank.after 1 and 1/2 months. Has 20 for nitrate, o for nitrite, and looks to be possibly 20 for amonia. I have 2 very small Green Terrors. I feed them twice a day like a teaspoon full of food. Is that amonia level ok or is it to be a constant 0 like the nitrite? Just changed 20 % water before adding the fish.
    Thanks, Steve
     
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    Ammonia and nitrite should always be on 0ppm. Nitrates should be kept under 20ppm.

    If you ever get an ammonia or nitrite reading, do a 75% water change and gravel clean the substrate every day until the levels are back to 0.

    If you have an ammonia reading of 20ppm, the fish should be dead.

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    1 teaspoon of food twice a day is probably way too much for the fish. If you have problems with the filter (eg: ammonia or nitrite readings), then reduce the feeding to a small amount every couple of days. And do a 75% water change and gravel clean the substrate 4-8 hours after feeding.
    *NB* Make sure any new water is free of chlorine/ chloramine before it's added to the tank.
     
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    Thanks for the info. Yesyerday I vacuumed the gravel, thought it was clean, it wasnt. Did a 50% water change. Cleaned my filters with aquarium water. Dechlorinated the water b4 pouring in my tank. I was really suprised at what had accumulated in such a short time. Also found one of my snails died, sure that wasn't good sitting in the tank. I am going to check the amonia in the morning. I am definitely feeding every other day and once at that!
     

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