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Old 04-24-2010, 08:25 PM   #1 
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Exclamation Water troubles??? HELP ASAP!

So I was testing my water today and I came up with these results:


Nitrate: </= 5

Nitrite: 0 - .5

Hardness: Soft

Alkalinity: about 250 (High)

pH: about 7.9 ( slight alkalinity)



What can I do to fix these?!? What is dangerous for my betta? Will water changes fix these numbers?
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Old 04-24-2010, 09:37 PM   #2 
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Water changes should fix the nitrite and nitrate. I think the nitrate is okay though, but I haven't used a test kit in forever.

I'm not sure about alkalinity. However, the pH is fine, bettas are adaptable. What are you worrying about?
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Old 04-24-2010, 10:22 PM   #3 
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I dunno... this is my first betta... sjo I'm pretty skeptical :/
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Old 04-24-2010, 10:28 PM   #4 
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Are you cycling a tank with a filter? What size tank is it?

Nitrate is deadly in high enough concentrations, and 5 is a bit high. I'd do a water change to get those numbers down.

What was the ammonia reading?
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I did not get an ammonia reading :( and yes I have a filter and my tank is a 5g
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Old 04-25-2010, 09:43 AM   #6 
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You want your water pram numbers to be:
Ammonia 0ppm
Nitrite 0ppm
Nitrate 5-10ppm.......

nitrates over 30ppm start to effect the immune response, fish can handle a slow rise in nitrate and be okay, but once you put a fish in the high nitrate from low nitrate they may get sick or die from the shock and then due to the lowered immune response on the old fish they may become sick from the new fish

A good substrate vacuum usually will take care of high nitrates, but you don't want to lower nitrate to fast either as this can shock the fish, as long as you make regular water changes and substrate vacuuming all should be fine or if you have live active growing plants that will naturally take care of it by using ammonia for food before it changes to nitrite then nitrite to nitrate.

Anytime you have reading of ammonia or nitrite of 0.25ppm or greater make a water change as both of these can be toxic to fish
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Old 04-25-2010, 10:37 PM   #7 
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Nitrate is deadly in high enough concentrations, and 5 is a bit high.
5 is nothing! You're fine. If it was 30, then you'd have cause for concern.
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Old 04-26-2010, 12:27 AM   #8 
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Isn't nitrite the deadly one?
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Old 04-26-2010, 02:18 AM   #9 
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Isn't nitrite the deadly one?
Yep, but so is nitrate in high concentrations (like above 30ppm).
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Old 04-29-2010, 06:05 PM   #10 
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i don't really have a kit that gives me exact numbers, I have some with charts that give me a pretty good guestimate according to color
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