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Old 09-07-2013, 10:55 AM   #21
 
The temp has been holding steady at 87F since noon yesterday. I get my hardness test kit Monday. Along with some biomax, media bags & eye-droppers.
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Old 09-07-2013, 06:20 PM   #22
 
It's raining! I'm collecting!
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Old 09-08-2013, 09:48 AM   #23
 
Removed 8 gallons water & replaced with rain water. (Dang! It only rained for 20 minutes!)
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Old 09-08-2013, 11:21 AM   #24
 
Day 11. 11-11:20. Ran water test: pH 8; Ammonia 4ppm; Nitrites 2 ppm; Nitrates 10 ppm.
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Old 09-08-2013, 12:07 PM   #25
 
OK. Checked nitrates in my tap water & that's where the 10ppm nitrates are coming from. Don't know how that's going to complicate cycling.
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Old 09-08-2013, 08:29 PM   #26
 
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It shouldn't complicate things at all, just something to bear in mind as you test through your nitrate spike, and as your levels even off after cycling - be glad it's only 10ppm, and only nitrates! You may find that number changes throughout the year - it's always a good idea to keep an eye on parameters in your tap (or rainwater, if that's what you'll be using!). Around here, the nitrates are normally at zero, but if we've gotten a lot of rain, they'll rise - especially in the springtime, when everyone is busy dumping ferts into their gardens. . . some people report ammonia in their tapwater as well, so always good to give it a test every few months!
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Old 09-08-2013, 09:20 PM   #27
 
I just saw somebody else that did have ammonia in their tap water, so I guess I'd better check mine for that too.
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Old 09-08-2013, 10:03 PM   #28
 
0 ammonia in the tap water --- yay!
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Old 09-08-2013, 10:11 PM   #29
 
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Huzzah!!!
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Old 09-08-2013, 10:23 PM   #30
 
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Ah the fun stage. All the prep and anticipation is so much fun. I am always tempted to start another tank but I am so short of time... oh and do I want to spend all that money again? Hm, guess I will just keep dreaming about another tank for awhile. I am sure my current fish will be happy I don't split my time among more fish. ha ha

Great job so far, can't wait to see the progress. Oh and the video you posted in the beginning... I loved the 9 year old girls tank the best by far. ha ha
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