Originally Posted by LadyVictorian
???? Goldfishyman first off I gave readings for everything...stated my PH is at a level 7.6...perhaps reading the first post would be beneficial for you?
I state there is a reading of 0 for nitrite and nitrate, .25 for ammonia, and already stated 7.6. Reading is something we learn at a young age and you find it wasn't a waste of time to learn it either. It can help you a lot and I think you may find it betters your statements before you write something up and not understanding anything because you only glanced at what was originally posted without taking in any of the valuable details and information. Critical writing classes can help you with this.
Also I have kept fish in the past, even betta and I kept them in uncycled tanks for seven years so I think this is more than a fine hobby for me if you call it a hobby and honestly it's not. ANIMALS in general should NOT be a hobby. They are pets, they are apart of your life, not something you pick up for the fun of it. Also I DO have real diagnosed OCD thank you very much which has nothing to do with being overly clean. It has to do with having compulsive behaviors that deal with obsessive thought processes. You might want to watch what you say and to whom you say it to or you might find yourself pissing people off.
NOW on that note
I did get some safestar and put it in my tank so hopefully I'll start getting some nitrite readings. I'm just really going for that right now. If I get that I'll sleep better at night.
Look Hallyx and SarahSpins said OCD. I never said it till responding to their comments. I know what OCD is. I know it does not necessary involve being clean but it can be one of the many obsessions. I only said that you might be a bit obsessed with the tank being clean. Never meant to imply you had the disorder. Professional athletes can become obsessed with being better. Fish keeping can be an obsession. Just as some people might like things to be cleaner than others. These are not OCD behaviors just things a person maybe focused on more than other things in life.
Are people getting mad because I saw a hint of compulsive behavior and hinted it might be the problem? You admit to having OCD. People have it. I don't see the problem here. If you have it you have it. You asked what could be the problem with your tank. I gave you solutions. It felt as if you really didn't want to stop your procedures you setup even if it was contrary to advice given. That's why I mentioned it. Perhaps it would have been best to not have been straight forward and not addressed what I saw as being the main problem. I apologize. I just don't like to waste time and usually get straight to the point. It takes a far longer time to communicate via the internet versus in person or over the phone. For this reason I'm usually a bit blunt at times.
My intent was that if you can't leave the filter to do its thing you will not be successful in fish keeping. The fact that you have kept fish not just bettas for 7 years in an unfiltered tanks is perplexing. I would go into it more but I don't want to provoke more anger. However, if I had known these facts then perhaps I would have just worded it like this, "If you do have a problem with things being clean then your filter will never cycle."
For a person getting into fish keeping it would be frustrating if the filter never cycles and fish keep dying. If this same person continually disrupts the natural cycle and expects success it will be at the cost of a lot of fishes lives. Basically if you read it carefully without trying to incite a riot, right Hallyx, you can gleam from that previous statement as stop messing with mother nature. The part of this not being the right hobby was just added to make the statement stronger. Basically it meant if you really want to succeed, you need to stop the things that your doing wrong.
I used the word hobby because most people are unwilling to do what it takes to do the right thing for their fish. In this situation, they are not pets but a hobby. Your right, people should not treat fish like this.
As for the comments regarding the test reading. I quoted Sarahspins for a reason. I was responding to Sarahspins comments regarding seeing nitrates and no nitrites. I gave suggestions as to why this might have happened. The reason being is Sarahspins tank being left untouched and showing nitrates just recently but no nitrites at all is a totally different case than the problem your having. I gave suggestions to fix her problem. SarahSpins has nitrifying bacteria your tank does not because of the constant cleaning. SarahSpins tank may have conditions slowing down certain bacteria growth but is at least progressing. The two situations are totally different.
SarahSpins, your PH sounds about right. I need your nitrate reading to make any type of analysis. You could also adjust your temps to about 82*F to 86*F to speed things up. If no fish in the tank crank the heater all the way up and leave the top off the filter and tank.