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post #91 of 109 Old 09-30-2013, 11:16 AM Thread Starter
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Day 33. 09:40-10:05am. Ran water test, (twice on Ammonia & Nitrates): pH 8; Ammonia 1ppm; NO2 0.4ppm; NO3 3ppm; dKH 5.

I know I was an hour early on doing my water test, but, it shouldn't have been this far off on ammonia & nitrates. The nitrites obviously were not red enough to be 0.5 & not blue enough to be 0.25, so I just picked 0.4 as the closest read. At this point, I'm going to change out 15 gallons, (which will be 2 gallons over half), wait a couple hours to cycle the water through the filter a few times, (at 200 gph), & take another base reading before adding more ammonia.
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post #92 of 109 Old 09-30-2013, 03:37 PM Thread Starter
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Day 33. 1410pm-14:35pm. Ran water test: pH 8.2; Ammonia 1ppm; NO2 5ppm; NO3 3ppm; dKH 9. Raised ammonia to 4ppm.
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post #93 of 109 Old 09-30-2013, 03:47 PM Thread Starter
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While I was changing out the water, I took the opportunity to move the tank out from the wall enough to get the outside stand built around it. I'm in some serious pain after lugging 5 gallon buckets to drain & fill the tank, (I'm not supposed to lift over 15 pounds), but I got it done.
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post #94 of 109 Old 09-30-2013, 08:42 PM Thread Starter
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Funny story: When I first set up my Penguin 200, it hummed like an old sewing machine, so I figured that was the way they worked. Having to remove the impeller & restart it by adjusting the thing up & down till it finally kicked back in after the power outage; it went back to humming away. It's only a temporary filter til I get my sump built, so it hasn't been a big deal. Then, today, when I went to change water, I stopped it & removed the filter media to float in old tank water I'd removed to keep the bacteria alive. When I got the tank refilled & put the filter back together & plugged it in --- dead silence. Figured I'd have to fool with the impeller again, but just before opening it up, I realized I could hear a little water gurgling noise, & looking more carefully, there it was running away, only the soft sound of gurgling water to show for it, (which I wish I had some way to pipe into my bedroom cause I LUV that sound). Guess I should have asked if it was supposed to make all the racket it was making, but, this was my first powered HOB. I used to use the bubble kind, where I had to deal with muffling the air pump. It's really great to have it working like it's really supposed to! LOL!
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post #95 of 109 Old 10-01-2013, 12:23 PM Thread Starter
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Day 34. 11:00-11:20am. Ran water test: pH 8; Ammonia 0ppm; NO2 5ppm; NO3 5ppm; dKH 8. Raised ammonia back to 4ppm.
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post #96 of 109 Old 10-02-2013, 11:55 AM Thread Starter
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Day 35. (Payday!) 10:30-10:50am. Ran water test: pH 8.1; Ammonia 0ppm; NO2 2ppm; NO3 5ppm; dKH 8. Raised ammonia to 4ppm
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post #97 of 109 Old 10-03-2013, 11:15 AM Thread Starter
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Day 36. All my substrate will be here from Amazon by the 5th!
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post #98 of 109 Old 10-03-2013, 11:41 AM Thread Starter
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Day 36. 10:20-10:40am. Ran water test: pH 8.3; Ammonia 0ppm; NO2 2ppm; NO3 5ppm; dKH 8. Raised ammonia to 4ppm.

Don't understand the rise in pH.
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post #99 of 109 Old 10-05-2013, 10:56 AM Thread Starter
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11/04/2013 Day 37. 10:30-10:50am. Ran water test: pH 8.3; Ammonia 0ppm; NO2 2ppm; NO3 5ppm; dKH 8. Increased ammonia to 4ppm.
My daughter, Crystal was over yesterday doing her H&R Block homework online, so I didn't get to log in. I learned all kinds of things about financial matters I'll never be rich enough to use.
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post #100 of 109 Old 10-05-2013, 11:33 AM Thread Starter
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Day 38. 10:00-10:30am. Ran water test: Ph 8.2; Ammonia 0ppm; NO2 2ppm; NO3 5ppm; dKH 8. Added SafeStart Plus.
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