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Old 03-13-2012, 07:04 PM   #1 
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Test kit results.. now what?

I got the API test kit today. Currently my tank is NOT filtered -or cycled- but I will be doing this as soon as my sponge filter & air pump arrive.

Here are my current specs:

pH = 7.6
Ammonia = 0 (might be a touch above 0, but is not close to the .25 color)
Nitrite = 0
Nitrate = 5ppm, or a touch below.

I have a heater and a couple of live plants. And as I said I will bet getting a sponge filter. I also have one oak leaf in his tank. It is a 5 gallon tank.

What I need to know is: Is the 5ppm Nitrate a problem? Do I need to do a partial water change? Would this make him listless? He was very active the first two days and he is now not doing much, and not eating for the past 24 hours.

I don't think he is ill, but I want to keep a very close eye on him. He flared a lot the first two days, and I see he has tiny holes in a couple of fins. I think he blew them from all the activity. Could he just be adjusting or tired?

Thanks for any and all advice!
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Old 03-13-2012, 09:13 PM   #2 
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5ppm for nitrate is a safe reading. :) Don't worry about anything between 0 and 10. :)
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Old 03-13-2012, 11:09 PM   #3 
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The next thing you will want to do is test your tap water. It's very important when trying to cycle a tank. It will also let us know where that reading of 5 ppm nitrate came from. It can come from the water source or it could be a sign of a cycled tank.
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Old 03-14-2012, 05:54 AM   #4 
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The next thing you will want to do is test your tap water. It's very important when trying to cycle a tank. It will also let us know where that reading of 5 ppm nitrate came from. It can come from the water source or it could be a sign of a cycled tank.
I will do this today! Thank you!
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This morning I did the Nitrate on the tap water and again on the tank, they looked exactly the same. So it is from the tap water. Not unexpected, I have only had the tank set up a few days.
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