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Hi guys I need some help! I just make all my test for my 10 gallons(which btw looks really "healthy") here's my measurements:

Kh: 100(5 drops)

Gh: 100(5 drops)

Ph: between 6.0 and 6.5

Ammonia: 0

Nitrite: 0.1 but the water was super clear

Nitrate: 5 but same as Nitrite, no coloration.

Its been more than a month since I've started my tank! What should I do?

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Are you using a buffering substrate like ADA?

If so, then your KH should be a little less

I have also found that my nitrates starts creeping up a little as I do a 25% water change every 2nd week and usually test the water before a change, and this creeps up to around 0.1, after the change it sits at 0 again.

You can always add some floating plants if you are a little sceptical about nitrates as these will help in keeping them low

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omg sorry I forgot to say I was doing my cycle, theres no shrimps in it yet! I really dont want to risk it and kill them! But no I dont put anything beside some products for my plants! Some people told me I had to wait the nitrite and nitrate spikes before putting my shrimps and still didnt had it :/

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Everywhere I read, no ammonia is good...Im pretty confuse right now...I've read that plants transform ammonia and I could put right away some shrimps but I really dont want to kill those babies. Is my Ph ok? I have a shrimp starter here to put up the lvls of Kh so my Ph gets up a bit...what an anaerobic bacteria? Never been warn about it o.o and thanks for the compliments you two :)

PS: BTW I have some tiny snails that appeared out of nowhere, which is good right?

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Everywhere I read, no ammonia is good...Im pretty confuse right now...I've read that plants transform ammonia and I could put right away some shrimps but I really dont want to kill those babies. Is my Ph ok? I have a shrimp starter here to put up the lvls of Kh so my Ph gets up a bit...what an anaerobic bacteria? Never been warn about it o.o and thanks for the compliments you two :)

PS: BTW I have some tiny snails that appeared out of nowhere, which is good right?

To cycle a tank, you must add a source of ammonia for bacteria to feed off of. 

No ammonia = no food source for bacteria.

 

So when you add shrimp, your shrimp produce waste but since you didn't cycle the tank and allow a good amount of bacteria to produce and populate, ammonia rises resulting in dead shrimp.

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I added some fish flakes right when I started, and the plants decaying are a source of ammonia, no?

You can't control how much ammonia is actually being created by fish flakes and plant decay.

 

It's best to get something like 

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?pcatid=24530

 

so you know how much ammonia is being added.

 

Depending on amount of shrimp you add, I would cycle the tank until your tank can convert 1-2 ppm ammonia to > nitrite to > nitrate in 24 hours.

 

You can add bacteria boosters like Stability, BioDigest, etc to speed up the process.

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Sooo...since I live in a small town, theres only one animal store near. I calles them and they said I only need to add some fish pellets...I know I should not really trust sellers at those shops but the lady didnt even try to sell me some useless junk so I guess she's right? I know, its like Im going blindfolded with the ammonia reading but thats about the only way I can do it.

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Be sure you are shaking the nitrate test bottle # 2 REALLY REALLY well.   It crystallizes and settles, so if not shaken well enough your test results will be inaccurate.

 

Nitrate test shouldn't come out colorless, even at 0ppm.

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And Jynn, dont you mean bottle NO3? But yes I did shake as instructed on the little instruction manual. I use Nutrafin test kit.

 

 

I use the API test, so I don't know what your bottles are Labeled for a Nutrifin test, I just know No3 is a 2 part test (for API at least), and part 2 needs to be shaken really well.

Sounds like you did it though.

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