Today’s Waterworks Tests…

Hi there, I’ve tested my water chemistry today with the following results:
Ammonia, 0ppm
Nitrite, 0ppm
Nitrate, 5/10ppm (shown in pic)
pH, 7.6 – at the top of the scale so I refined the result with…
High Level pH Test, 7.4

I still haven’t seen any big spikes in Ammonia and haven’t detected any Nitrite at all, but Nitrate is present which is good. The fish are alive and looking very spry today!

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Another Testing of the Water

I did the full range of tests today, starting with Ammonia before another 6% water change: 0.25ppm. A short while after changing some water the results were…:
Ammonia, 0.25ppm. (pic shows the before and after Ammonia tests)
pH, 7.6
Nitrite, 0ppm
Nitrate, 5.0ppm

Hmmm. I’m enjoying the test tube experiments even if there is little or no change at the moment!

Most importantly, the fish are ALIVE!

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Freshwater Testing

Using an API Freshwater Master Test Kit, my results so far are as follows:

18.02.12. pH test, 7.0
20.02.12. Ammonia test, 0
22.02.12. Ammonia test, 0; Nitrite test,0; Nitrate test, 5.0ppm
23.02.12. Nitrate test, 10ppm

From reading online, I expected a peak in Ammonia, then for that to reduce and for Nitrite to peak, lastly the Nitrates to be present, showing that the essential bacteria had grown. Online forums have suggested this would take 3-6 weeks. The bacteria must be present for the Nitrate to appear so it appears to have cycled. I will continue testing as maybe it is a freak result and it hasn’t really happened! Can it be that easy? Have I spoken too soon?!