Initial test of water
So I've added rocks, plants, and water from the river this morning, and its been cycling for a few hours now. Yesterday I added AmQuel dechlorinate to the tank, apparently its not supposed to effect nitrate/nitrite test readings. I also added my daily dose of Ammonia, 2tsp. Here are my results.
So this seems abnormal to me. I've only been cycling 2 days. Is it really possible that my nitrate is that high? I'm also using a saltwater test kit. I've heard its fine to use, but maybe I need a different chart?
I just ran another test with pretty much the same results. I will take some samples in to the fish store within the next few days and see if they can test it for me. Thanks!
Well that sounds like a good thing to me! Maybe I should toss some plants in there? :D
If the nitrates are really there some how then yes definitely need plants to start using them up before your cycling starts producing lots more.
Even if they are not there because of some issues with the salt/fresh test or a problem with the test kit (perhaps try testing some water you know won't have really high nitrates?) Anyway even if you don't have any nitrates yet, you can still start seeds or less greedy plants and they will do ok.