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terris

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  1. That was a good idea. As far as my tank, I just did a 95% WC. Now - Ammonia - .25, Nitrites still at or above 5 ppm. So should I do a 95% water change every day or several times a day or what?
  2. Thanks. I cannot find a bookmark to the actual post but I thought someone here posted the link to this page instructions offsite. I only have the hard copy so I do not know. Here it is: [another forum] I will drop the ammonia again and do the water change again. I appreciate your patience!!!
  3. The fishless cycling instructions on this forum say to keep dosing to 4ppm until the nitrites and ammonia zero out overnight. Ammonia does that but nitrites are off the chart for 8 days now.
  4. Yesterday, I did an 80% water change, added dosing ammonia to about 3ppm. Retested this morning: Ammonia - 0 - .25 Nitrites - 5 ppm STILL! Nitrates - 0 -.5 Why are the nitrites so high? How do I lower them if an 80% water change did nothing? Thanks so much for all your help.
  5. Please, what do I do to make the Nitrites zero out?
  6. I really appreciate everyone sharing your stories of your fish ages and cage/diet. I know if I listen to you on this forum my 2 new ones will live to a ripe old age!! Thanks so much for the wonderful posts!
  7. Me, too. I want to say someday that my fish are 5+ years old.
  8. Thanks for sharing. It sounds like progold is a common theme. Strict water changes. I am curious if you change weekly or bi-weekly?
  9. Thank you so much!!! As soon as my Nitrites drop, I can bring them home!!! I will post lots of pics!
  10. OK, Thanks. It is starting to make a little more sense.
  11. Thanks very much for the explanation. Today my readings were: Ammonia - 0, Nitrites 5.0, Nitrates 5.0. I only fed two drops of dosing ammonia and will retest to make sure it is kept as low as you say. What do I do to make the Nitrites zero out?
  12. I did not take these pics but here are the two orandas I just bought. They are due to arrive in 2 weeks. I hope Red and White keeps her pretty markings.
  13. I think all fish are equally valuable in terms of their little lives. But for my house, right now, I love the high end orandas. I can't help it. I drive an old car but have expensive fish! Maybe it is where we are in our lives, too. I have had tropical LFS tanks all my life with inexpensive fish. I've had LFS orandas several times before I found you and semi-knew what I was doing. I've had bettas for like 30 years and still do. But I am at a place now where I just have to have the high-end orandas. I appreciate the look, though I will love them the same as my $6.99 bettas.
  14. Thanks! It sounds like Bing and Bilbo are happy!
  15. I realize I am a total newbie, but won't this starve the ammonia-eating bacteria that creates the heavy bio load we need for goldfish? How many times a day should I test the water? If it is going through 4+ppm of ammonia in 12 hours now, dropping it down so drastically should kill off some ammonia-eating bacteria. Is that what we want?
  16. I added 4 plants on Friday which I soaked for three minutes in bleach water (one part bleach to 19 parts water) and then soaked in clear water and washed for an hour before planting them. I think I bleached them too long through because they had scorch marks. I was afraid of adding any pathogens to kill my orandas when they get here. Is it possible the plants are responsible for the fall in Nitrates? IMO 4 plants wouldn't be enough to see a drop in nitrates, particularly in that amount of time. Funny things happen when cycling sometimes. I would just keep going from here. Keep testing daily and see what happens I know that there are bacteria that can develop that will use nitrates, (and now I am piecing this all together from vague memory so hopefully someone will correct me or fill in gaps), but they are rare in an aquarium system, and I believe they are an undesirable bacteria because they are anaerobic. This came up once before on the forum that I can remember. However, I really doubt that this is the case in your situation. I would just keep testing and see how it plays out. Have you dropped the amount of ammonia you are adding down to 1ppm yet? I am adding enough ammonia daily to bring the level to 4ppm but in 12 hours, the ammonia level is down to 1 or 2. That part of the cycle is rockin'. The nitrites are off the chart. So I am not sure where to go from here. I will test tomorrow and let you know but it is a mystery to me. I hope my tank is cycled so that I can bring my fish here in 2 weeks. That is the deadline. Anybody out there who can help, please do! Thanks again. You guys are the best!!!
  17. I added 4 plants on Friday which I soaked for three minutes in bleach water (one part bleach to 19 parts water) and then soaked in clear water and washed for an hour before planting them. I think I bleached them too long through because they had scorch marks. I was afraid of adding any pathogens to kill my orandas when they get here. Is it possible the plants are responsible for the fall in Nitrates?
  18. I just did. The tank is still at 5.o - quite a drop from 80 -160. The water change was two days ago. The drop was today so where did the nitrates go?
  19. Cool, idea! Just tested bottled water. Zero Nitrates. Now what?
  20. Have you retested? the nitrate test is trickiest of them all.... if you don't shake everything just right for long enough it can be inaccurate. You need to make sure you shake bottle 2 for 1 minute I think it is. When you say heavily planted what do you mean by this? (any pics?) Plants do consume nitrate (and ammonia as well), but I doubt that would be the cause for such a significant drop There is Yes. Retested. I follow instructions to the letter, shaking, waiting, shaking, waiting. LOL. It's like the Nitrite-eating bacteria stopped eating and so is not producing Nitrates.
  21. I did the water change on Friday. Yes, I retested and the Nitrates are still way low compared to Nitrites. The Nitrates suddenly dropped overnight for no reason but it can't be that the tank is cycled because the Nitrites are still sky high. According to the Nitrogen cycle, the bacteria that eats ammonia is doing great and that is why the Nitrites are so high. But the bacteria that eats Nitrites and produces Nitrates is messed up somehow all of a sudden. What could cause that? By the way, I do have a heavily planted tank. Thanks.
  22. OK so I am doing the fishless cycle on a 40 gallon following the instructions on this forum. I have taken readings every day for 9 days. Everything was going great. I am dosing Ammonia every day now and by morning, it is way down. Friday, the Nitrites were at 5 or higher and Nitrates between 80 - 160 PPM. Good, right? So according to the instructions, I did a 50% water change and dosed the ammonia. Saturday, Ammonia dropped to .5 (really low) Nitrites still looked like 5.0 (really high) and Nitrates were about 80 PPM (really high). PH - 8.0 All good so far. I added a capful of ammonia. Then tested at night about 6 hours later. Ammonia was at 8.0 Way too high! No biggie, I thought. The bacteria is scarfing up the ammonia. Then today, Sunday - Ammonia back down to 1.0 (can you believe it?), Nitrites at 5.0 still high BUT the Nitrates have dropped to only 5.0. Can someone explain to me what the heck is going on? This is not part of the instructions! Thanks, Terri
  23. At this point, I am wondering if Black Moors are really sturdy fish or something...Anyway, thanks for the post and great job!!!
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