I have aquired a new fighter (i just cant stay away) and have recieved my sisters 5 gallon tank which was previously cycled with some small tetras and was running for over a year fine.
I emptied, cleaned everything out (she had a major algae takeover) and cleaned all the parts with the filter (NOT the actual filter media just the tubing and such).
I then replaced the filter wool with seeded wool from my 3ft tank as well as replaced the little ceramic tubes again with already established ones from my tank, i then half filled the tank with water from my 3ft tank and half clean conditioned water, i let this run for two days and these were my results:
Since my nitrate was high, i did a 50% water change and another 25% change the next day which is the day i bought my betta home, but it was still showing a higher then normal reading even after testing yet again with that water change.
I tested the water again today (the day after) and was a little bit shocked at my readings:
Ph: (i didnt test this time)
I did another 50% water change with a little higher then average dosage of PRIME and a tps of aquarium salts and my readings went down, but only slightly. However my nitrate is STILL HIGH.
I have tested my tap water for nitrates and it was 0ppm.
Where am i in this cycle? Why was it showing good readings (apart from nitrate) in the beginning then one day after i added Milton it changed so much.
Will doing small changes everyday be beneficial? I was planning on doing 20-25% daily to bring it down and hopefully the cycle will melllow back out.
Will it harm him to be present in the tank while this cycle is happening, i am afraid his amazing fins will develop rot and thats the last thing i need for this boy!