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Old 04-28-2013, 08:04 AM   #51
 
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Nice. Ditch that Power Filter though. It is a nitrate factory....
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Old 04-28-2013, 09:53 AM   #52
 
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Nice. Ditch that Power Filter though. It is a nitrate factory....
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I added Purigen in it. I have a POwerhead being shipped to me.
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Nitrate 0
Nitrite 3.0
Alkalinity 180
Ph 7.2-7.8
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Old 04-28-2013, 11:34 AM   #53
 
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That is a broad range for the pH. And I am baffled as to why your Nitrites aren't declining, and nitrates aren't rising. Maybe this tank isn't fully cycled.

How does the damsel look?
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Old 04-28-2013, 02:25 PM   #54
 
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That is a broad range for the pH. And I am baffled as to why your Nitrites aren't declining, and nitrates aren't rising. Maybe this tank isn't fully cycled.

How does the damsel look?
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Damsel is looking good still. Whats curious to me is that the nitrites aren'g going up OR down... Just rechecked
Nitrate 20
nitrite 3.0
Kh 180
Ph is still in between 7.4-7.8 Thats the available numbers on my test strip and the color is in between. I added a little more ph up. want a solid 7.8 or 8.2
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Old 04-28-2013, 03:17 PM   #55
 
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Watch out on the pH up. It can throw off your alkalinity if you add too much...
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Old 04-28-2013, 03:20 PM   #56
 
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Watch out on the pH up. It can throw off your alkalinity if you add too much...
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Ok... I only added a few drops. Not even the recommended dose.
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Old 04-28-2013, 03:21 PM   #57
 
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Old 04-28-2013, 10:17 PM   #58
 
Are you using test strips for all your tests? If so, thet are not very accurate to say the least. You need to invest in the API Master Saltwater test kit as a minimum.
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Old 04-28-2013, 10:39 PM   #59
 
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Are you using test strips for all your tests? If so, thet are not very accurate to say the least. You need to invest in the API Master Saltwater test kit as a minimum.
Im working with what i can atm.
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Old 04-29-2013, 12:35 AM   #60
 
I understand that. I'm not trying to be critical of you or what your using, just trying to let you know that test strips are very rangy in there accuracy. That may be why you keep getting such a wide range of readings on your Ph.

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