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post #21 of 34 Old 06-18-2012, 05:50 AM
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Just fyi, I use an API master test kit and I have had a lot of trouble reading 0.0 so I've been reading it as 0.25. Apparently this is a widespread problem.
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post #22 of 34 Old 06-18-2012, 07:42 AM Thread Starter
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Just fyi, I use an API master test kit and I have had a lot of trouble reading 0.0 so I've been reading it as 0.25. Apparently this is a widespread problem.
I have another tank and it tests 0. The ammonia is hard to read , it never quite matches a color.Thanks.
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I also suggest to use some prime to detoxify ammonia since ammonia in water will be toxic to the bacteria eating it , rendering it harmless will help the bacteria feed and reproduce rapidly.
This is only the case when the ammonia is sky high - over 4 ppm, and even then it's not totally accurate. At high concentrations, a different species of bacteria begin to grow.

The ammonia in the water is NOT toxic to the bacteria - it's the bacteria's food.... Whether it's ammonia or the "harmless" ammonium, it makes no difference.

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This is only the case when the ammonia is sky high - over 4 ppm, and even then it's not totally accurate. At high concentrations, a different species of bacteria begin to grow.

The ammonia in the water is NOT toxic to the bacteria - it's the bacteria's food.... Whether it's ammonia or the "harmless" ammonium, it makes no difference.
Thank you for the straight scoop.
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A question for Jaysee- Today my apple snail is staying at the top of the tank, part way out of the water. What does this indicate, if anything?
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post #26 of 34 Old 06-18-2012, 12:36 PM
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I'm not that well versed with snail stuff. They breath air, so they do have reason to be at the surface. But I am not the one to ask about such things. I think that sounds like a topic for a new thread.

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I'm not that well versed with snail stuff. They breath air, so they do have reason to be at the surface. But I am not the one to ask about such things. I think that sounds like a topic for a new thread.
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post #28 of 34 Old 06-18-2012, 01:07 PM
sometimes snails will go to the upper water colum when the water params are off or their is something wrong with the water.my snails mostly come to the surface after a wc.

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sometimes snails will go to the upper water colum when the water params are off or their is something wrong with the water.my snails mostly come to the surface after a wc.
Hello Kitten. I had done a wc about 12 hours ago, maybe thats it. Params are ite-o ate-o ph-7.5 ammonia .25ppm, with a dose of Prime this morning. How in the world do you manage all those tanks? This 20g is going to give me a coronary!
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post #30 of 34 Old 06-18-2012, 01:25 PM
well once you get used to it. it's a snap.then you'll think the bigger the better in terms of tank size and then you'll go for the more complicated tanks as a challenge or out of boredom

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3.5x2.5x2 flowerhorn,pleco
3x1.5x1.5 russel's lion,blue cleaner,sixline and leopard wrasse,maroon clown pair,green chromis,scorpion,tiger cowrie,turbo,lyretail anthias,jewel,anemone,star polyp,marbled and giant green mushi,zoa
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