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This is a discussion on 26 Gallon Planted Community (Soft, Acid) within the Freshwater Journals forums, part of the Aquarium Photography category; --> Originally Posted by Keleborn Removed 8 gallons water & replaced with rain water. (Dang! It only rained for 20 minutes!) Think about it this ...

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Old 09-08-2013, 10:39 PM   #31
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Removed 8 gallons water & replaced with rain water. (Dang! It only rained for 20 minutes!)
Think about it this way, you're probably better off that it didn't rain longer since you're doing an ammonia fishless cycle. The conversion of ammonia to nitrites releases hydrogen ions and those lower pH. With carbonate in your water those will instead form CO2 and water and not allow the pH to get so low that the bacteria stop working. Rainwater lacks carbonates. My tap water is 3 dGH and I had to really buffer during my fishless cycle to prevent constant pH crashes.

Another thing is that when the cycle is complete you're going to have a massive amount of nitrates. You're going to have to replace at least 100% of the water probably. Maybe you just want to save any rainwater until after the cycle is over.
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Old 09-09-2013, 09:44 AM   #32
 
"Maybe you just want to save any rainwater until after the cycle is over".
I hear ya. You're probably right. My hardness test kit was due today but they changed it to tomorrow, so, I'll be able to check my carbonates then. I've got enough buckets to save 25 gallons of rainwater, which will be just enough, & I'll go from there once the filter cycle is done. My biomax & media bags are still coming today, so I can increase bacteria surface area in the filter.
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Old 09-09-2013, 09:53 AM   #33
 
In fact, I think I'll get another 7 buckets, so I can over store, & I have an idea for a 5 gallon drip system to take care of evaporation that will fit into the stand I'll be building around the tank to house all my gear & support the overhead lights I'm getting. I'm also trying to figure out how to run an algae scrubber with my sump I'll be building. I would have to cut 1/2" from each of the four braces on the tank stand to hold any 15 gallon tank I've been able to find, so, I decided to just build my sump at 22"x14"x15", which comes to 20 gallons.
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Old 09-09-2013, 12:36 PM   #34
 
Day 12. 11-11:30am. Ran water test: pH 8; Ammonia 2ppm; Nitrites 5ppm; Nitrates 5ppm.
Raised ammonia back up to 4ppm.
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Old 09-09-2013, 03:58 PM   #35
 
Got the Fluval biomax media & media bags I ordered. Was just exactly the amount I needed to fill the space behind the Penguin 200 cartridge.
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Old 09-10-2013, 02:26 PM   #36
 
Day 13. 11-11:30am. Ran water test: pH 8; Ammonia 0.5; NO2 5ppm; NO3 5ppm. Raised ammonia level back up to 4ppm.
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Old 09-11-2013, 08:59 AM   #37
 
Day 14. Morning. A little put out with Amazon at the moment; my hardness test kit, eyedroppers, & Star Trek: Into Darkness Blu-ray, that were guaranteed delivery yesterday are just now showing to be on the UPS truck for delivery this morning. At least I know they're in town!
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Old 09-11-2013, 11:47 AM   #38
 
Day 14. 11-11:30am. Ran water test: pH 8.2; Ammonia 0; NO2 5ppm, (or more, since that's as high as it goes), NO3 10ppm. Raised ammonia back up to 4ppm. The tank loses 3/4 gallon of water per night due to evaporation, so I've been having to replace it using a quart measuring cup, adding a little Stress Coat to each quart. That's why I need my eyedroppers, 'cause it should take 8 drops of Stress Coat per quart; the way it is, just pouring a little from the bottle, I'm getting way more than that. I don't have a car to wash, so I'm going barefoot in shorts & a tank top tryin' to get the dang clouds overhead to go ahead & rain. Was supposed to be 75% chance today, & not a drop so far, lol!

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Old 09-11-2013, 11:49 AM   #39
 
Oh, I added a couple of pics; one from my webcam pointing at the tank & the other from my phone pointed from the tank to my computer.
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Old 09-11-2013, 01:28 PM   #40
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Seems like things re going well and fairly quickly. Thanks to my water and some puzzlement/discouragement it took me over 2 months to cycle my aquarium using ammonia. At some point you might want to consider doing a water change to bring the nitrites back down. That will bring them back to a level where you can read them and better judge how quickly they drop.
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