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  1. Chris here... Ok, I can do that... :). I also went to wal-mart today... Got a 20 gallon sterlite box with lid and an Aqua-Tech 5-15 power filter.... So on Wednesday the zeolite should arrive from Amazon... I'm to just the zeolite in the chamber and nothing else???... And you still want me to do a 50% water change this evening??? Did you went me to post the test pictures? Or are the just to assist me reading the nitrite numbers?

    Thanks so much for your guidance.... :)

    Good job.  That's what I would have bought.  

     

    Yes, just zeolite in the filter.

     

    Yes do the 50% water change and post the pictures.

    Hi Shakaho, here are the post water change numbers. 6/28, 10:30am

    PH = 8.0, Ammonia 0-.25, nitrite = .25, nitrate = 0-5....

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    Chris here... Hi Shakaho, I went to a local aquarium shop and have the nitrite tested for today's b4 and after water change. It seam that my test for nitrites is gives heavier readings that the shops... My b4 test shows a darker 2 where as his showed an "almost 2" reading... His after water change test shows 0 where mine was showing .25... I asked to purchase a new nitrite test and he was out of them and he normally only carries for saltwater products, due to the shop specializes in salt water...☹ I did not know that before I arrived... But he did have the freshwater test kit available for testing... So I tried Petsmart and they only have master kits, not individual test kits and of course they were all sold out of the master kits for fresh water.. They had plenty of salt water ones... ☹ So I got on line and order one... That is now two days out.... I will call around and see if I can find an aquarium supply store with in striking distance... But at least I know mine is defective and that it reads high...

  2. Chris here... Ok, I can do that... :). I also went to wal-mart today... Got a 20 gallon sterlite box with lid and an Aqua-Tech 5-15 power filter.... So on Wednesday the zeolite should arrive from Amazon... I'm to just the zeolite in the chamber and nothing else???... And you still want me to do a 50% water change this evening??? Did you went me to post the test pictures? Or are the just to assist me reading the nitrite numbers?

    Thanks so much for your guidance.... :)

    Good job.  That's what I would have bought.  

     

    Yes, just zeolite in the filter.

     

    Yes do the 50% water change and post the pictures.

    Hi Shakaho, here are the post water change numbers. 6/28, 10:30am

    PH = 8.0, Ammonia 0-.25, nitrite = .25, nitrate = 0-5....

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  3. I read the nitrite samples the same way you do, and the results are impossible.  Perhaps your nitrite test solution doesn't work right.  

     

    Get an independent test at your fish/pet store.  This morning, do a 50% water change, test and post pictures as you did last night,  but also put  samples of the tank water before and after the water change in clean containers and take them to the store for a nitrite test.

    Good morning Shakaho, I will do that... In my life the "impossible" is not uncommon... LOL!!! Morning numbers will be up in about 2 hrs... Then I try to get out to a fish store... I can't use the local Petco or Petsmart since the only use the dip strips to test water... More to come....

    Thanks so much, Chris.

    Hi Shakaho, just finished water change... Post test and pics shortly...

  4. I read the nitrite samples the same way you do, and the results are impossible.  Perhaps your nitrite test solution doesn't work right.  

     

    Get an independent test at your fish/pet store.  This morning, do a 50% water change, test and post pictures as you did last night,  but also put  samples of the tank water before and after the water change in clean containers and take them to the store for a nitrite test.

    Good morning Shakaho, I will do that... In my life the "impossible" is not uncommon... LOL!!! Morning numbers will be up in about 2 hrs... Then I try to get out to a fish store... I can't use the local Petco or Petsmart since the only use the dip strips to test water... More to come....

    Thanks so much, Chris.

  5. Chris here... Ok, I can do that... :). I also went to wal-mart today... Got a 20 gallon sterlite box with lid and an Aqua-Tech 5-15 power filter.... So on Wednesday the zeolite should arrive from Amazon... I'm to just the zeolite in the chamber and nothing else???... And you still want me to do a 50% water change this evening??? Did you went me to post the test pictures? Or are the just to assist me reading the nitrite numbers?

    Thanks so much for your guidance.... :)

    Good job.  That's what I would have bought.  

     

    Yes, just zeolite in the filter.

     

    Yes do the 50% water change and post the pictures.

    Will do... :)

    Shakaho, here are the numbers for tonight's WC: 50%

    7:00pm. B4. Nitrite 2.0 Ammonia 0-.25

    7:30pm. After. Nitrite .25 Ammonia 0

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  6. Chris here... Ok, I can do that... :). I also went to wal-mart today... Got a 20 gallon sterlite box with lid and an Aqua-Tech 5-15 power filter.... So on Wednesday the zeolite should arrive from Amazon... I'm to just the zeolite in the chamber and nothing else???... And you still want me to do a 50% water change this evening??? Did you went me to post the test pictures? Or are the just to assist me reading the nitrite numbers?

    Thanks so much for your guidance.... :)

    Good job.  That's what I would have bought.  

     

    Yes, just zeolite in the filter.

     

    Yes do the 50% water change and post the pictures.

    Will do... :)

  7. I would like you to take pictures of your next nitrite tests with the tube standing next to the the nitrite test patches on the card.  It's actually easier to read the test in a photo than in real life.  

     

    Before the last water change, you read the nitrite at 2-5 ppm.  Then you removed all but 1/4 of the tank water and replaced it with water that had no nitrite.  So the test after the water change should read 1/4 of the the test before the water change.  Or you could say the reading before the water change should be 4 times the reading after the water change.

     

    So if you had 0.25 ppm nitrate after the water change, you should have had 4 x 0.25 = 1 ppm before the water change.

     

    If you had 2 ppm before the water change you should have 2 x 1/4 = 0.5 ppm after the water change.  

     

    The nitrite test is not easy to read.  To my eyes, 2 and 5 look very similar.  These look  redder than 1 and 0.5 which look very similar.  To me, the lavender of 0.25 ppm nitrite looks nothing like the aqua of zero and the darker and redder purple of 0.5.  Color perception differs among people so others may disagree. So please take those pictures and post them so we can read them as a committee.  You might have lower nitrite than you thought you  had.

    Chris here... Ok, I can do that... :). I also went to wal-mart today... Got a 20 gallon sterlite box with lid and an Aqua-Tech 5-15 power filter.... So on Wednesday the zeolite should arrive from Amazon... I'm to just the zeolite in the chamber and nothing else???... And you still want me to do a 50% water change this evening??? Did you went me to post the test pictures? Or are the just to assist me reading the nitrite numbers?

    Thanks so much for your guidance.... :)

  8. Brilliant Idea :)

    I know nothing about white algae sorry, and I would tend to agree the white dot in his wen is new growth :)

      

    Chris here... I'm not knowledgeable about the white stuff but your little guy's white dot looks like wen growth.... ;)

    You guys must be right about the white dot being wen growth, because it already went away. And thankfully no more stingy poo.

    What I can decipher from the research I did, the little critters in the "white algae" are not harmful, and can mean the environment is doing well, so hope that is the case anyway. For now I will just leave the plant there. :-)

    Chris here... Great news on that white stuff... One less thing to worry about.... :)

  9. How about changing 75% in the morning.  Read and report parameters before the change and right after the change.  I want to find out how much nitrite you actually have in the water, since 5 ppm  tops the chart, so it could be 5ppm or it could be more.

     

    Then do a 50% change in the evening to try to get the nitrite spike lower.

    Chris here.... Hi Shakaho, Ok 75% water change is complete.... And I turkey baisted out both filters and replaced with prime treated water...

    Ok... Numbers are: B4 - PH 8.0, ammonia = 0-.25, nitrite = 2-5, nitrate = 10

    After - PH 8.0, ammonia = .25, nitrite = .25, nitrate = 0-5

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  10. How about changing 75% in the morning. Read and report parameters before the change and right after the change. I want to find out how much nitrite you actually have in the water, since 5 ppm tops the chart, so it could be 5ppm or it could be more.

    Then do a 50% change in the evening to try to get the nitrite spike lower.

    Ok 75% it is.... The prechange numbers are above with the tap test... Do you want me to dump the filters??? Started change already... At about 50% so I shall be done shortly....
  11. No.  Purigen only removes organic chemicals.

    Chris here... Thank you... Good to know... Here are today's numbers pre-water change:

    Tap (am). PH =8.0, Ammonia = .25-.50, Nitrite = 0, Nitrate = 0

    Tank: PH = 8.0, Ammonia = 0.25-.50, Nitrite = 5.0, Nitrate = 5.0-10

    How water do you suggest for a water change???

  12. I did not dump the filters...

    Why change "98%" of the water in the tank and then keep the dirtiest water in the system -- that collected in the filters?

    It looks like the nitrite has started declining. With Prime to protect against ammonia and salt to protect them from nitrite, your fish will not suffer. You have nitrate production, so you have a population of NOBs, (nitrite oxidizing bacteria), just not a large enough population.

    You could get a 20 gallon storage box, a small filter, and some zeolite (an ammonia binder). Then fill the box with tap water, use the zeolite as filter medium, and filter the water until the ammonia reads zero. Then you have purified water for a water change.

    Once cycling has completed, the ammonia in your tap water causes no problems at all.

    Good morning Shakaho, Thank you for the suggestion... I will look where I can get the zeolite as as soon as I test the tap water this morning... I don't have an extra filter I'm assuming that the filter is for filtering out the zeolite and Ammonia... (I do have an extra air stone) So I will see what I can find at the local Petsmart, Petco, or Walmart... More to follow.... :)
  13. The reason the nitrite is so high is because as Shakaho mentioned, the bacteria convert the tap ammonia almost instantly.

    I'm hoping that the additional filter will help with this issue... How do I balance the two without hurting my fish??? Do I buy purified water??? Is there something that I can add to the filter??? I can not start to research the city water until the work week begins... And doing that will also takes time... As Shakaho said... Rock and hard place... :(

  14. But the nitrite being so high so fast slows the process . . . The Prime neutralizes the ammonia and at some point, hopefully soon, the BBs will be able to handle the nitrite.

    Hi Fantailfan, from your keyboard to the BB Gods... I have been so lucky that my Chus have been healthy so far... I just hope that they stay that way long beyond the after the BB's get to where they need to be...

  15. If this was me I would slow it way down with the water changes. Am I wrong? Nonsense adding all that ammonia to the tank.

    Hi DieselPower... This is the first time ever that the tap showed .50 of ammonia... All the other times I have tested tap water it ha been less than .25 just not zero... I think the heat is becoming an issue... :(

  16. Post WC and your nitrite is 2? How much did you change? :idont

    Hi Fantailfan, I changed 98% of the water... There was less than 1/4 inch of water in the tank and what was in both filters... I did not dump the filters... The 4pm test was 6 1/2 hrs after the water change... The 2 hr post showed Nitrite at .50.....

    The battle continues... :(

  17. Test your tap water again.  Pay attention of the nitrate test.  You sometimes get funny readings with that test.

    Chris here... Post water change numbers 6/25. 4pm... PH = 8.0, Ammonia = 0 - .25, Nitrite = 2.0, Nitrate = 5.0.

  18. Chris here... Pre water change numbers: PH= 8.2, Ammonia 0 - .25, Nitrite = 2.0-5.0, Nitrate = 10

    2 hrs Post water change numbers: PH=8.0, Ammonia = .25, Nitrite = .50, Nitrate = 5.0

    I will check again late afternoon....

    P.S. 98% water change... ;)

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