Originally Posted by Oldfishlady
In the 5.5gal...what kind of filter are you using, any live plants and what are the other water prams- nitrate, pH of the tank and the ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, pH of the source water...type/brand of additives used (dechlorinator) and any other additives if used, water temp and type of water testing products....and total stocking on the tank...
With ammonia (NH3) at 1ppm-I would make water changes to get this at least 0.25ppm or lower...the nitrite (NO2) at 0.25ppm while this is a safe level-you don't want to go much higher than that.....how many days has the tank been running and have you cleaned and/or changed the filter media and when you make the water changes how often are you vacuuming the substrate.
PH is a whopping 8.2
NH3 is 1ppm (the colour is between 0.50 ppm and 1.0 pmm)
N02 is at 0.25 ppm (the colour is between 0 ppm and 0.25 pmm)
N0-3 is at 0 ppm
Temp is 84F
I use Nutrafin Aqua plus (the one that claims to be stress reducing. It gets rid of Chlorine and Chloramine)
I have a AquaClear mini as a filter, the filter media has NOT been cleaned yet (I dont want to kill any kind of good bacteria that will appear there just yet)
The tank has been running a week. Was set up Dec. 8th.
I vaccume the gravel LIGHTLY every other day. I do water changes 50% every day to keep ammonia levels down.
D: Hope thats specific enough. I just want Aldo to be as comfortable as possible :(
EDIT: No live plants in the tank