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There are rare causes when the tank is cycled but the nitrates arent reading. I’m one of those casts also. Its rare and not to many people are aware that happens. Our tank has been up for two months. .have tested every single week. Always zero everything until last week some ammonia showed. .now gone again still no nitrate/ite.
Don’t worry. Okay. Dutch people keep planted tanks. We have excellent drinking water – we use it straight from the tap. Some of us try to create such a bio-balance that wc’s are hardly ever done. My meter tank has it’s external filter (x2!) cleaned only once a year. I limit my wc’s to once every month, month and a half, 2 if need be. 20% max.
I’ve done worse… No3 up to 800.
Fish will be fine. From 1200 silly things start happening to the most sensitive (and ofc NEW fish). It is suggested that having such a high No3 even prevents diseases…
* Do mind your water + enhancer / that’s a chemical mix that is easier prone to bad changes. We just use water. eah keep the siphon higher, but if you’re worried about them getting curious and too close to your siphon tube, you can tie an unused nylon or something similar around the tube with a rubber band.
Water changes do much more than lower nitrates. It lowers phosphate levels (another pollutant from feeding) and replenishes mineral such as calcium and magnesium which are essential for buffering the pH of your water. There truly is no such thing as too many water changes. Think of when you’re stuck on an airplane and breathing the same recirculated air. It’s always refreshing and energizing to breath fresh air again.
it looks like your getting a lot of good feedback. Your second test looks much better. If you have live plants they will consume a lot of nitrates for you, but water changes have other benefits too as stated above. You do not have to vacuum the gravel every time. I never disturb my substrate. Nitrate test in API test kits are the first to go bad. API suggest to shake all soulution bottles before using them to test. Water changes are very important. But if you miss one because of what ever reason, generally little harm will happen.
most of the time adding Ro/di water as to topp it off, should be well enough. its quite hot here, so most of the time adding a few gallons doesnt hurt. I’d also squirt some that amquel/novaqua stuff, and you are golden. nice job.So, I ordered a betta that was shipped out on the 17th. According to the tracking information, my fish is still in the same state, yet different city, since the 17th. I’m at a loss as to where the heck this fish is even after contacting them. Has anyone had similar experiences with ordering fish through USPS?