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Re: Help me setup a 130 Gallon Cichlid Aquarium

Postby easywolf31 » Sun Mar 19, 2017 8:03 pm

Forgot to mention I also added 14 tablespoons of Epsom salt Friday.
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Re: Help me setup a 130 Gallon Cichlid Aquarium

Postby DJRansome » Sun Mar 19, 2017 11:05 pm

Epsom salt caused the GH swing...that is it's purpose. Don't add so much all at once. None of those things should have caused ammonia.
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Re: Help me setup a 130 Gallon Cichlid Aquarium

Postby easywolf31 » Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:00 am

I'll do a 25% (or bigger?) water change today after work and check parameters afterwards.
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Re: Help me setup a 130 Gallon Cichlid Aquarium

Postby DJRansome » Mon Mar 20, 2017 4:55 pm

The reading looks like .5 to me so I would change 50%.
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Re: Help me setup a 130 Gallon Cichlid Aquarium

Postby easywolf31 » Mon Mar 20, 2017 6:54 pm

DJRansome wrote:The reading looks like .5 to me so I would change 50%.


Hi DJ, just saw your post. I did a 40% water change 30 mins ago and my Gh dropped to 17 from 24 and Kh to 6.

As for the Ammonia, this is starting to worry me a bit now. I always had 0 ammonia so I'm not sure what has happened. Here is a picture I just took. All 4 are ammonia tests.

First vial is my tap water. 2nd vial is a test done right after a 40% water change and 95% refill, 3rd vial is after I added stress coat + and full refill, 4th vial is a test before the water change.

Nitrite is at 0ppm and Nitrate 20ppm. What the heck am I doing wrong? I feed them at the most 2 times a day for 2-3 minutes each time.

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Re: Help me setup a 130 Gallon Cichlid Aquarium

Postby DJRansome » Mon Mar 20, 2017 9:22 pm

Feed 30 seconds. But either way, the beneficial bacteria should be able to process that ammonia within 24 hours. IDK why you are getting ammonia. Look for some hidden debris that could be rotting. What about cleaning the filters?
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Re: Help me setup a 130 Gallon Cichlid Aquarium

Postby easywolf31 » Sat Mar 25, 2017 7:15 pm

Did a 50% + water change 2 or 3 days ago followed by another 30% today. It's looking lighter and not reappearing at the same rate after a water change. I'll do a few more and everything should be running smooth after. Hopefully.

The right vial is the Ammonia level pre water change. Middle vial is right after the water change. Left is just PH. Will check again in 48hrs and maybe do a 20-25% water change in 3-5 days?

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Re: Help me setup a 130 Gallon Cichlid Aquarium

Postby easywolf31 » Sat Apr 01, 2017 9:09 pm

What in the world happened lol. My ammonia is going down slowly but I got a nitrite spike now. Please advise when possible. Ammonia looks like 0.25, nitrite sky high? Nitrate 20?

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Re: Help me setup a 130 Gallon Cichlid Aquarium

Postby DJRansome » Sat Apr 01, 2017 10:31 pm

That's how the cycle works...first the bacteria that eat the ammonia grow and they give off nitrite. THEN the bacterial that eat the nitrite grow.

Change water to get your nitrite down to 0.5 ppm and keep changing water daily so you can stay at that level.
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Re: Help me setup a 130 Gallon Cichlid Aquarium

Postby easywolf31 » Sun Apr 02, 2017 12:05 pm

DJRansome wrote:That's how the cycle works...first the bacteria that eat the ammonia grow and they give off nitrite. THEN the bacterial that eat the nitrite grow.

Change water to get your nitrite down to 0.5 ppm and keep changing water daily so you can stay at that level.


Hi DJRansome. So I did a 50% water change last night followed by a 55% water change this morning. Can you tell me what the readings are maybe you have a better eye for these readings than me?

After 1st water change:

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And 2nd water change:

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Re: Help me setup a 130 Gallon Cichlid Aquarium

Postby DJRansome » Sun Apr 02, 2017 2:07 pm

My reading is 8.0, 0.25, 0.25, 5.0
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Re: Help me setup a 130 Gallon Cichlid Aquarium

Postby easywolf31 » Sun Apr 02, 2017 2:18 pm

DJRansome wrote:My reading is 8.0, 0.25, 0.25, 5.0


Thanks man!
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Re: Help me setup a 130 Gallon Cichlid Aquarium

Postby easywolf31 » Tue Apr 04, 2017 6:48 pm

Looking even better? 24 hours after 3rd 50% water change.
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