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  1. Nitrates High in New Tank

    Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    Hi folks! I've read up on tank cycling and decided to use the method where you add Prime (2gtt/gal) to the tank every day until it's cycled (fish-in). Today I did a 75% water change and when I checked the water before putting betta back in, it said that the nitrates were close to 40ppm and the...
  2. Water test showing 0 ammonia/nitrates 8 days after water change

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    Hey all. I would appreciate some advice regarding what I should be expecting from my water tests. I recently got an API Freshwater Master Test Kit. I first used it on December 15th, and here were the results: The “tap” water (I use tap water filtered with a Brita filter water pitcher, since...
  3. No water changes, no filter, but good readings? How is that possible?

    Betta Fish Care
    Hey guys, this is a question I've been meaning to ask for a good while. My niece has a gorgeous HM male named King in her 5 gallon and she was actually the one to convince me to get my Athena :-D At first he was kept in that MiniBow 1 gallon for maybe a month or two, and I taught her how to do...
  4. Help with water changes and brown diatom algae

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    Hi, I currently have a female sorority tank 18/20 gallon long, but actually measured about 15-16g with substrate, decorations & plants. I also have an aqueon quietflow 10 filter 100GPH. With 8 bettas so far (I keep one floating in a topper because everyone HATES her, until I find a new home :(...
  5. High Nitrates after adding new fish?

    Betta Fish Care
    I've always had 1 betta and 1 guppy in a 10 gallon. The tank is also cycled. I decided to get another betta and two more guppies a few days ago. I just tested the water and the nitrates are pretty high.... should I do a water change? If so, how much? Should I change my filter cartridge? It's...
  6. Still cannot get my nitrate levels down. HELP

    Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies
    I have about 80ppm nitrate level, and I do water changes every other day and they just keep going back up. Does anybody know why this is happening? I have 1 betta, 4 zebra danios, and a bunch of snails that came with the live plants. Please help. My betta has developed dropsy now and I'm...
  7. Alarming water parameters... from tap water. & Questions about bettas

    Betta Fish Care
    (I posted this in the wrong place first, I'm sorry! Mods feel free to remove the other one. Sorry.) I adopted a betta from my friend's little sister. He was in a 1/2 gallon "tank" and I have no idea when his water was last changed. I was curious, so I took home a bottle of their tap water to...
  8. Why are my nitrates so high, and how can I lower them?

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    My nitrates read at about 20-40 ppm any day of the week. I say 20-40 because I can not tell the difference between the two on the color chart. My betta fish is currently sick and I don't know why. Could it be the high nitrates? His fins are ragged and very thin, and he's lost a lot of color. He...
  9. Trouble cycling, nitrates disappeared, nitrites still high.??

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    I know this should be easy but I seem to have messed things up some how. I'm cycling two tanks at the moment and the past week has given me some strange readings. My one tank had 0.25 ammonia high nitrites and high nitrates then suddenly the nitrates disappeared to nearly nothing and nitrites...
  10. Questions about nitrates. I don't want my next betta to die.

    Betta Fish Care
    Okay, I just tested three waters: 1. My tap water, which I was told is high in nitrates. 2. The tank water in my 10-gallon, which was at around 40 ppm, but I did water changes with distilled (I know it's not good, now, to use distilled) and the nitrates lowered considerably. 3. "Refreshe"...
  11. How do I know when my tank is fully cycled?

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    I am currently cycling my 10 gallon tank for my female betta and 2 ADFs that I will get. It's been a week and the tank now removes all the ammonia I add to it everyday but the nitrates are rising fast. Two days ago they were at 10 and now they are at 30. I know this is a normal part of...
  12. Getting Marimo Moss Ball and Nerite Snail Today!!! Names?

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    Hey everybody, WARNING: Alot of questions to follow.....and um...excitedness?(is that a word?????...) So today, after a week or two of deciding whether to get a Nerite snail, i have decided to get one (although Honeycomb has been in that tank for almost 2 years, we will see how that...
  13. Confused about cycling

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    Ok, I promise that I've tried to research this on my own, but I'm getting mixed information and I don't know how to proceed. I am trying to cycle a 5 gallon using the fishless method. I filled the tank, threw in a couple of food pellets and then waited a few days until I could get my ammonia...
  14. Fishless cycling high nitrites, high nitrates

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    Hi everyone. I am knew to aquariums and I need some help… Ok…I am currently in the process of fishless cycling a 5 gallon aquarium. I got seed gravel from LFS and started ammonia (ACE Hardware) at 5ppm. The ammonia came down over 5-7 days and my nitrites started showing up (spiked). Now...
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