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Yubonne
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Tell Me If You Think I'm Ready To Go Shopping For Fish Yet
« on: August 26, 2010, 04:53:48 PM »

Here are my numbers:

Nitrites 0.05
Nitrates 100-20 range (dark pink)
Ammonia 0.25
pH (little tricky) one reading gives me 7.4 the other is 8.0

the temp is around 80-82 F (I can lower it if needed)

I should probably do a complete water change though; before adding any fish. I had been adding ammonia to cycle previously.

Should I try a test fish first?

What do you think? Undecided
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Hanna
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Re: Tell Me If You Think I'm Ready To Go Shopping For Fish Yet
« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2010, 05:02:07 PM »

Hi Yubonne, glad to have you back on here.  Cheesy

I wouldn't add fishies yet but it shouldn't be too far away either.

Do a 50% waterchange, after a few hours test again. How much water does your filter turn over per hour? And how big is your tank? Sorry I forgot

Ammonia and Nitrite should be 0 ppm and Nitrate ideally between 5 - 10 ppm.

Do you have two different tests for pH? As far as it is stable 7.4 or 8 would be fine for goldies. How many would you like to add?
... WOW... so exciting... Grin
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Hanna
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Re: Tell Me If You Think I'm Ready To Go Shopping For Fish Yet
« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2010, 05:07:49 PM »

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Nitrates 100-20 range (dark pink)


 Wink could it be that you mean 100-200 ppm ? Wink

well your tank is almost finished cycling, maybe a few more days but not much longer. It will be worth it to wait before adding your fish and then one at the time is recommended... also depending on the equipment you've got Wink

Can you post a pic of your new tank, please? Smiley
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Yubonne
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Re: Tell Me If You Think I'm Ready To Go Shopping For Fish Yet
« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2010, 05:12:21 PM »

25 gallons.  I'd like no more than 3 fish.

Yeah, I don't know why I decided to confuse myself with the pH tests.... Roll Eyes the lower one is giving me the 7.4 and the higher one is giving me 8.0. So I don't know which one to believe! Huh

Lets see the filter says 50-150gph I assume that's gallons per hour depending on the flow rate you set it at (?) It's an adjustable Aquaclear power filter 30 (hangs on back with the carbon, sponge, and biobag)
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Hanna
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Re: Tell Me If You Think I'm Ready To Go Shopping For Fish Yet
« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2010, 05:34:42 PM »

Yes, 3 fish is fine... well according to the rule of thumb 10g per fish it is pushing a bit, but it is ok... we do have 5 in about 43-45g... so much the same and they are sooooo happy.

Don't worry about the pH. It is fine.
Your filter is very good for the tank size and yes, depending how you set it... I recommend at least to turn twice the volume, maybe a bit more. So after the 50% waterchange you can wait for about 3 hours and test again and then test the following day too.
Do you have beneficial bacteria to add?
I use "Stability" from Seachem. It speeds up the cycle. We are cycling a new tank too for a schoal of guppies at this stage Grin
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Andrea
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Re: Tell Me If You Think I'm Ready To Go Shopping For Fish Yet
« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2010, 11:25:42 PM »

I'd wait a couple more days aswell. Better to be safe then sorry Smiley Do some water changes and keep testing your water. Are you adding all three fish at once? Just be warned though your tank may be cycled, the water may go a bit crazy once you've added the fish so keep a close eye on that.

Ph is fine, ammonia should be 0 and I'm pretty sure nitrates should be no higher than 40! So you have to work to get that down a bit.
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