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Posted by neVar on May 04, 2003 at 11:42:49:
In Reply to: RICK posted by rowad on May 02, 2003 at 22:11:02:
pH is necessary for fish- it is related to the hardness of water. Some fish can't handle other ranges of pH then what they would live in- in the wild. For water dragons i would not be concerned with the pH.
Ammonia is the first stage the waste breaks into . The nitrosomonosos bacteria then forms and breaks it into nitrite. the nitrobactor bacteria then forms turning it into nitrate. SO in a new set up/filtersystem it is common for the ammonia to rise up a bit (i would not be extremely concerned- high ammonia on a fish scale i would not consider too dangerous for a short period of time for a water dragon). The nitrites will then raise and then the nitrates. If the ammonia and nitrite (Or one or the other) are high adding an enzyme (bacteria) solution such as cycle, startright etc will help get more of that bacteria in there to get the filter system working quicker. ONce the ammonia and nitrite are down the plants should keep the nitrates down. Nitrates can go up to about 50ppm with out bothering fish- i would consider this normal for reptiles as well (some people's well water will test higher then this). If it goes too high- a partial change of the water and add more plants in.