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Old 09-18-2013, 09:07 PM   #71
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Now the time I'd do some water changes. The goal is to convert 4 ppm of ammonia to nitrates in 24 hours. You have more than that amount of nitrites though since you've been building them since the start. If you do some water changes it will bring the level back down to where you can read it. It won't hurt the cycle since you won't produce that high of a level anyway. In fact it will speed things up for you.
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Old 09-19-2013, 11:34 AM   #72
 
Day 22. 09:20: Changed out 3 gallons of water, (just over 10%). 10-10:25am. Ran water test: pH 8; Ammonia 0.1ppm; NO2 5ppm; NO3 3ppm. Raised ammonia back to 4ppm. I could just barely read the tiniest amount of green on the ammonia test, so I called it .1. Same for calling the nitrates 3; the color is between 0 & 5. We know the nitrites are over 5, even though the color doesn't get darker. When I change out 3 gallons tomorrow, we'll see how that works.
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Old 09-20-2013, 12:21 PM   #73
 
Day 23. 10:00-10:30am. Changed out 4 gallons of water. 11:00-11:20. Ran water test: pH 8; Ammonia 0.1ppm; NO2 5ppm; No3 5ppm. Raised ammonia to 4ppm
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Old 09-21-2013, 11:58 AM   #74
 
Day 24. 09:15am. Changed out 3.5 gallons of water. 10:30-10:50am. Ran water test: pH 8; Ammonia 0.1; NO2 5ppm; NO3 5ppm. If there's no significant change by the 3rd of October, when I get paid again, I'm gonna try spiking it with one of those Bacteria-in-a-bottle things. I've never had any tank so stubborn to change; but, then again, I've never dealt with water with this high a KH & GH.
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Old 09-22-2013, 01:59 PM   #75
 
Day 25. Last night I put my rooting plants back in the tank & floated a piece of wood I'll be using to "herd" floating plants. 09:20am. Changed out 4 gallons of water. 12:20-12:45pm. Ran water test: pH 8; Ammonia 0.25ppm; NO2 5ppm; NO3 3ppm. Added larger sprig of pothos with better roots to the rooting plants, turned down temp slightly from 87F. At this point, as soon as I get paid again, I'm just going to put in my substrate, plant as many plants as I can, & go from there. Probably buy as much RO water from Mr. Aquarium as I can afford. Gonna have to get an RO unit, I'm sure. This hard water is gonna make things a lot more difficult, but, I'm a Marine! "Surrender? Hell! We just got here!" Semper Fi!
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Old 09-23-2013, 01:29 PM   #76
 
Day 26. No water change today, though I did replace the 3/4 of a gallon of water lost to evaporation. 11:00-11:30am. Ran water test: pH 8; Ammonia 0.1ppm; NO2; 5ppm; NO3 3ppm. Raised ammonia to 4ppm. Rooting plants looking better than ever, now they're back in the tank water, instead of tap water. Plants, plants, plants! That's what I need to focus on for now.
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Old 09-23-2013, 01:46 PM   #77
 
Meanwhile; started plans for 170 gallon Discus tank!
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Old 09-23-2013, 02:24 PM   #78
 
"I just got my hardness test kit, & after checking to make sure the regeants had plenty of time before they expire, I tested dKH 11, &, having to do it twice because it went off the chart, dGH 16, which would be 285.6ppm. So, I will be using nothing but rainwater & R/O water, once I get the thing cycled in. I'll have to buy the R/O water from Mr. Aquarium until I can save enough for an R/O unit. Man this sucks! This continuous drought we've been in has just ruined Lubbock water --- I remember when it was soft water back in the 70s & 80s!" --- from 09/11/13 post

Just for the halibut, I checked hardness again; had to do KH twice, cause it is now 6! Down 5 from 11, though GH is now 17, up 1 from 16. Don't know if that means wild swings of KH in the tap, or what. Our water table in Lubbock is far lower than it's ever been & just gets lower by the hour.
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Old 09-23-2013, 03:05 PM   #79
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The new KH and GH results are from the tap or from the aquarium?
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Old 09-23-2013, 03:24 PM   #80
 
That was from the aquarium.
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