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Old 09-14-2012, 05:31 PM   #1 
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Unhappy Water Conditions Tested, advice?

I have a 10 gallon tank that I want to move my betta into. I originally had large rocks (over 5lbs each), and some sticks I had boiled for hours in the tank with some java moss until my API test kit arrived.

I tested the water.
pH: 8.2
Ammonia: 0.25ppm
NitrIte: 2-5ppm
NitrAte: 20ppm

I emptied the tank, and then tested the tap water I'd been using (treated with conditioner of course).

pH: 7.8
Ammonia: 0-0.25ppm
NitrIte: 0ppm
NitrAte: 20-40ppm

Any tips? My betta has been in this conditioned tap water for a month now, but seems happy. He eats well and his tank stays between 74-82F, and is very responsive to company.
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Old 09-14-2012, 06:47 PM   #2 
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Your tank needs to cycle. I'm assuming you have a filter. which the general rule for a ten gallon is to let it run for at least a month. Upon which your nitrites/nitrates and ammonia will go up and down until it all settles out with 00 ammonia. Doing a 100% water change resets everything, which is also why if you do have a filter we never recommend more than 50% water changes (and for a ten you can do a 25% every other week and still be ok as long as its just your betta).
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Old 09-14-2012, 06:52 PM   #3 
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I emptied the tank, and then tested the tap water I'd been using (treated with conditioner of course).

pH: 7.8
Ammonia: 0-0.25ppm
NitrIte: 0ppm
NitrAte: 20-40ppm
This is your TAP water? Or am I just confusing things? If this is your tap water, then I would invest in some plants to get rid of that nitrAte.
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Old 09-14-2012, 06:57 PM   #4 
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I missed that one... +1 I would invest in live plants
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Old 09-14-2012, 08:03 PM   #5 
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Yeah, ug, this tap water. I have one thriving Anubias plant that my betta loves, and a few clumps of java fern, I may buy another anubias or two though since I love their look.
My sponge filter is on it's way in the mail, and I've been doing 50% water changes regularly to make up for not having one in now.
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Old 09-14-2012, 08:23 PM   #6 
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Fortunately nitrAte isn't nearly as toxic as ammonia is. Just keep up the good work until you can get your hands on more live plants :)
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Old 09-14-2012, 10:29 PM   #7 
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Alright, will do! Thanks for the advice! :D
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