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Old 04-19-2012, 09:59 PM   #31
 
PH: 8.0
Ammonia: 0.25
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 20

I'm puzzled by my nitrite reading being zero when I still have a small ammonia reading. I'm going to retest these two tomorrow night and see if I get the same results. Things are moving right along.
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Old 04-19-2012, 10:28 PM   #32
 
No worries. It'll come and go.
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Old 04-23-2012, 06:08 PM   #33
 
PH: 7.8
Ammonia: 0.25
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 10-20

I did a small ~2 gallon water change to see how my numbers would go. Seems like the ammonia number is still there and puzzling me. Maybe I'm just color blind with the print out I made from their website.

Anyways, I'm definitely seeing diatom growth on the sandbed and a little on the higher LR. I'm using 2 18" 6500k t8's right now just propped on the tank, but it seems to at least be supporting some algae. Once I figure out whether I truly have any ammonia in my tank or not I'm going to pick up some snails.

Birthday is coming up next week so I will have some $$$ to buy my light fixture and HOB refugium. I'll get pics once I have the refugium and lights up.
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Old 04-23-2012, 07:07 PM   #34
 
Yea, test colors are lil tough to read. How long has it been running now?
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:26 PM   #35
 
Running since 4/11
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:32 PM   #36
 
Should still see Ammonia.
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Old 04-24-2012, 08:02 AM   #37
 
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Should still see Ammonia.
Even with the established sand I kept from the old tank setup? I wasn't expecting to go through a full 6-8 week long cycle.
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Old 04-24-2012, 09:21 AM   #38
 
Welp, ya never know then.
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Old 04-26-2012, 08:44 AM   #39
 
Tested last night. I'm still seeing the same color as before with the ammonia, but I'm going to call it zero now. Color hasn't budged and nitrites have stayed at zero.

PH: 8.0
Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 10-20

I'm getting plenty of diatom growth so will probably be picking up some ceriths soon. Birthday is coming up next week so the rest of my equipment should be on order within the next couple weeks.
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Old 04-26-2012, 08:55 AM   #40
 
sweet dude!!!

keep up the good work!!!!!!!!!!!

what are looking at to stock your tank with( and don't say fish lol)
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