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Old 04-25-2010, 08:35 PM   #21
 
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ok sooo i have read all of this earlier and re-read the entirety of all my threads... here is what occured this week end and from here on i will take things fresh and back to slow...
as you can see above i have re-scaped the rocks for better flow and appearance.... i also decided that since i have messed with the tank so much that i may have screwed the maturity process.. so i picked up a calcium test (results in a moment) and some buffer from my LFS who does nothing but salt water ( so i would not get the wrong stuff fromthe box guys)... also found this beautiful piece of LR that was very purple and green (its a premium type i dont recall the name) and purchased that also...
so after adding this LR and (oh yeahhh) my little crab buddy i swished up the dust and ran a few HOB's for two hours t get all the mess up... took out floss once everything was clear and ran my tests again
CA= 480ppm (great!!!)
KH= 10
No2= 1.6
Nh3= 1.5
PH= 8.6
so i am certainly still in the cycle.. after a few hours i went back to look at the tank to see what may have come off the LR .... and the tank has already gone to diatom bloom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i mean everything is rust colored!!! in like two hours.... so if i have read all that i have correctly 1) thats really reallly fast 2) its really good 3) leave it alone and wait to see what happens testing every day or two from here out.. am i correct?????
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Old 04-26-2010, 07:02 AM   #22
 
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Your readings look fine for where you should be right now in the maturity of the tank. What test kits are you using? Just wondering because the results seem very "accurate." And what is your NitrAte reading?

When you disturbed the sand, you created a little "die-off" from different levels of bacteria receiving either too much or too little oxygen. That is why the "cycle" seemed to start again. But since it was such a small occurence, the diatom bloom happened again almost immediately.

Leave it alone and just keep posting test results. Calcium and Alk look good!
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Old 04-26-2010, 07:09 AM   #23
 
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ok i have an API test for calcium. the rest are from another kit i have had for quite awhile and i dont recall the name (i am at work atm).... i will post that later on.. i got the buffer from my LFS (i know we can not advertise so i wont, however this guy is great!!!).. as for accuracy i test everything 2x before i am satisfied that the test worked.... i dont think this test kit has a nitrate test in it but i will buy one in time (probably next week end) in the meantime i intend to use a strip test for it i have at the house ( i know horribly in accurate but its what i have available at the moment)....
i was hoping that the small restart was just what you said and i thank you for confirming it for me.... now i am in the LEAVE IT ALONE stage before i totally botch something up..... LOL
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Old 04-26-2010, 07:49 AM   #24
 
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oh and another question came up.. (NOTE: i have NOT done this) would the addition of Zeolite assist in the removal of NitrIte and or NitrAte? i tossed in a bag of carbon to polish the water but i was curriouse about this product. i have used it in my submersibles for the fresh water tank but have not heard of it used in a reef.. thoughts???
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Old 04-26-2010, 08:12 AM   #25
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From your numbers, it looks like your ammonia levels are on the decrease, so I'd leave zeolite out of the equation. Zeolite is best applied to uncontrollable ammonia problems. It's better to just let the bacteria take care of it, in my opinion.
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Old 04-26-2010, 08:49 AM   #26
 
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I agree.
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Old 04-26-2010, 10:40 AM   #27
 
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thank you .. i was not sure and wanted to check before any of my "bright" ideas got me into trouble...LOL
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Old 04-27-2010, 11:30 AM   #28
 
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at this point how often shold i be testing my water? and for what specificaly? the above mentioned tests are what i have available in liquid form. (oh yeah btw its a tetra laboret, i got it as part of a trade last year and it has a lot left in it. again as for financing i have WAY over spent myself in the last two weeks so getting a newer test right this minute is not really possible.... my Calcium test however is new and an API)
so again how often a nd for what? i was thinking Ph to be sure the buffer is holding... should i be running them all?
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Old 04-28-2010, 09:41 AM   #29
 
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any input??? i have decided to test everything 2-3x weekly.. i am also considering starting a new thread that is stricly a log with pix and stats 1x weekly....
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Old 04-28-2010, 10:10 AM   #30
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I've found that obsessing over water tests and element levels leads to migraines and general dissatisfaction with the hobby, in my experience.

I test my water once a week -- right before the weekly maintenance. In established tanks, even that can be obsessive, if everything is stabilized and running smoothly. Our part, as keepers, is to make sure everything is set up right, and regularly maintenanced. Once we do our part, the little mother-nature-replica tends to keep everything pretty well balanced on her own.

That's just one keeper's opinion -- get several more before making any decisions. Heh.
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