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Postby Portland Bill » Thu Oct 25, 2007 8:00 pm

Hi guys, could you apply your expertise to my recent situation:

Water test results:
API Freshwater Master Test Kit
PH Nitrate Nitrite Ammonia
7.8 20 0 0
TetraTest 5 in 1
PH Nitrate Nitrite KH GH
8 0 0 3 >10

I'm carrying out a 20% change on a weekly basis including adding fertilizer for my plants and conditioner for the water/filter.

Taking into account the fish I have in my tank, and I have 5 plants (I have no idea what they are or what they're called but they're long and grassy), am I doing ok?

If so, can anyone suggest what I do next to further develope my tank? More fish or more plants?
105ltr Tank
1 Bumblebee Goby
1 Blue Ram
1 Kuhli Loach (bought two, other didn't last the night)
12 Tetra - 3xGlow 5xNeon 3xPlatinum 1xBronze
3 Cory - Peppered
2 Clown Loach
1 Ghost Shrimp
Too many guppies
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Postby chaoz » Fri Oct 26, 2007 7:00 am

are you sure your nittates 0?? it should be around/below 40ppm max :?
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Postby Wolfgirl » Fri Oct 26, 2007 7:41 am

The plants could be using the nitrates as food. You usually do see a little bit of nitrate, but the API test kits are normally pretty reliable, provided they are used correctly.

I have no idea what they are or what they're called but they're long and grassy

Sounds like some sort of vallis to me. Does it look like this:
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Postby Angel Fish » Fri Oct 26, 2007 10:57 am

I'd stop using the 5 in 1 tests. They're never very accurate and you'll get confused getting two different readings.

I keep dip-sticks in my tool box as a stand by, but never use them all the time.
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Postby Portland Bill » Fri Oct 26, 2007 6:52 pm

Aye the 5 in 1s are pants! My API kit is the proper job.

My Nitrate level is approx 20ppm not 0, only the dipstick doesn't show properly. The text was more clear when I was typing the message.

No the grass doesn't look like that. I've got shorter, slimmer grass which goes up in the middle of the bunch and hangs over like a fountain, and my two other plants are long and straggly with crinkly blades.
105ltr Tank
1 Bumblebee Goby
1 Blue Ram
1 Kuhli Loach (bought two, other didn't last the night)
12 Tetra - 3xGlow 5xNeon 3xPlatinum 1xBronze
3 Cory - Peppered
2 Clown Loach
1 Ghost Shrimp
Too many guppies
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Postby Wolfgirl » Sat Oct 27, 2007 8:42 am

That was just one type of vallis. I'm not a plant expert, but it does sound to me like you have one of the varieties.

Check out this website: Tropica
Where it says Species list, click on the letter V, and check out the various types of Vallis.
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