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Old 03-23-2013, 11:10 PM   #1 
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Water Changes

My aquarium is newly cycling. The ammonia reading is at .25 ppm.
The water is not going to be able to get a change until friday because my mother is going to be taking care of my fish while I am away.

So down to the question.
If its going to be 5-6 days before I can change my water.
Should I do a water change now or wait and keep it between .25 and .50

Newly cycling planted aquarium
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1 Betta
2 Nerite snails
around 5 baby ramshorn snails. {} <--actual size.
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Old 03-23-2013, 11:11 PM   #2 
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what size is the aquarium?
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Old 03-23-2013, 11:13 PM   #3 
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what size is the aquarium?
Oh my bad, 10 gallons.
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Old 03-23-2013, 11:27 PM   #4 
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Do a change now. Even 0.25 isn't great for your fish to be in.
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Old 03-23-2013, 11:32 PM   #5 
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Do a change now. Even 0.25 isn't great for your fish to be in.
What about the beneficial bacteria?
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Old 03-24-2013, 12:07 AM   #6 
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That's one of the problems with a fish-in cycle - you have to constantly balance between water that is safe for the fish, and water that will cycle. It will happen eventually - the ammonia in the tank will continue to feed the BB - but it will take a lot longer.

Either way, it's worth stalling the cycle somewhat in your absence to make sure your fish are safe for that period. :)
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That's one of the problems with a fish-in cycle - you have to constantly balance between water that is safe for the fish, and water that will cycle. It will happen eventually - the ammonia in the tank will continue to feed the BB - but it will take a lot longer.

Either way, it's worth stalling the cycle somewhat in your absence to make sure your fish are safe for that period. :)
I did a 30% Im kinda worried that my home water has ammonia in it.
I was checking it but then I spilled the test all over my pants. I do know that my tap water smells like a pool when I get it out of the tap.
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Old 03-24-2013, 01:19 AM   #8 
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Are your pants ok? I hope they aren't stained.

Ammonia in tap water seems to be more and more common these days. :( Using Prime can detoxify it temporarily.
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I use the following charts for suggested ammonia/nitrite limits.

Ammonia Limits

Nitrite Limits
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Old 03-24-2013, 09:30 AM   #10 
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The water column doesn't have much BB, its the filter media, substrate & decos that have the most with the filter having the bulk. Are you using a liquid test kit? When cycling a tank fish IN its really important to keep the ammonia/nitrites <.25 if possible. If your tap water smells like chlorine its really important to use a water conditioner like Prime since it removes it. You might have your mom add some Prime to the tank every other day to detox any ammonia/nitrites that may build up while you're gone & then you did a good water change when you get back.
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