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post #11 of 28 Old 02-18-2014, 03:22 PM
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post #12 of 28 Old 02-19-2014, 08:41 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks to you all. I'm glad people are interested in my setup.

BTW - in case you didn't notice I started building quite a bit earlier but I didn't get around to posting this stuf till after my tank was cycled. Hope I wasn't misleading anyone.

Prior to setting up the tank and filling I tested our water, we're on our own well so chlorine is not a problem. Knowing what we had was important as a base line.
Here were the results using the API Master Test Kit:
P.H. - 8.4
Ammonia - 0
Nitrite - 0
Nitrate - 0
I sure liked the ammonia reading but knew it wasn't going to last.
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post #13 of 28 Old 02-19-2014, 08:50 PM Thread Starter
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Now reality has set in. My readings were a bit different after I had the tank setup with an HOB (Maxi-Flo) filter yes it's an old filter but it's quiet and made for a tank this size. I'm running filter floss as well as sponges in it (no carbon).

Feb. 3rd
P.H. - 7.8
Ammonia - 0
Nitrite - 0
Nitrate - 0
Temperature was only about 72 Degrees

I turned up the temp to about 83 degrees and checked it a couple of days later (I know it should be checked every day but I was in no hurry and figured it was going to take a couple of weeks to finish it's cycle).

Feb. 5th

P.H. - 7.4
Ammonia - .25
Nitrite - 0
Nitrate - 0

Now it's starting to move in the direction it's supposed to.
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post #14 of 28 Old 02-20-2014, 06:24 AM
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post #15 of 28 Old 02-23-2014, 05:55 PM Thread Starter
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I think the ammonia has spiked but it seems odd that the nitrate reading is what it is.

P.H. - 7.5
Ammonia - .50
Nitrite - 0
Nitrate 4.0

I took a photo of the tank. It's an awful tea colour that I'll have to work on after the cycle is finished.
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post #16 of 28 Old 02-23-2014, 06:09 PM Thread Starter
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If your wondering why I'm posting my water readings I'm using this as kind of a log to look back on.
The cycle seems to be almost complete. The ammonia is perfect but two of the other readings are still too high.

Feb 10th

P.H. - 7.6
Ammonia - 0
Nitrite - 2.0
Nitrate - 10

I took a reading the next day because I wanted to see how quickly the water changes. It didn't change significantly but there was a change.

Feb. 11th

P.H. - 8.0
Ammonia - 0
Nitrite - 2
Nitrate - 5


I thought I would leave it for 2 days and get a reading. Surprise the cycle appears to be finished.
Feb. 13th

P.H. - 7.6
Ammonia - 0
Nitrite - 0
Nitrate - 4
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post #17 of 28 Old 02-23-2014, 06:17 PM Thread Starter
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After taking the last reading I left the tank alone for a couple of days and decided I would try a water change. I changed approx. 50% to try and help clear up the tea colour. The water was much cleaner so I left it over night and checked the water the next day.

Feb. 18th

P.H. - 7.9
Ammonia - 0
Nitrite - 0
Nitrate - 2

I checked it again a couple of days later to see if it had changed a lot.

Feb. 20th

P.H. - 7.6
Ammonia - 0
Nitrite - 0
Nitrate - 2

I have a question regarding the P.H. What is considered a large swing in P.H.? If you've noticed my P.H. is on the high side reading between 7.4 and 8.0. Is this considered too much of a swing?

BTW - I've been working on the canopy. I should have some photos of it soon.

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post #18 of 28 Old 02-24-2014, 08:02 AM
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Some of us crave that tea colour, lovely lovely tannins

How did you cycle the tank? The ammonia never seems to have got that high.

Looking good...
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post #19 of 28 Old 02-24-2014, 06:40 PM Thread Starter
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Some of us crave that tea colour, lovely lovely tannins

How did you cycle the tank? The ammonia never seems to have got that high.

Looking good...
All I did was use the potting soil substrate topped it with gravel, hooked up and ran the HOB filter with floss and sponge. Filled it with plants and let it run until the readings were where they were supposed to be. I didn't add any ammonia at the start of the cycle like I had read in other posts. According to "wknracer" he did exactly the same thing. I am using well water as we live in the country so it had a decent starting point.
I'm not sure other than that why the ammonia didn't get any higher, I definitely wasn't in a hurry to get fish in it so if it took longer because the ammonia was higher I was okay with that.

I'm not fussy about the tannins, I would prefer clear water, lovely clear water lol.
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post #20 of 28 Old 02-25-2014, 08:46 AM
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Something very different, I will be watching with interest. I would certainly be inclined to stock slowly as I am not convinced by how much of a biological filter you have in there but then I have no knowledge of this type of setup and am looking at it in conventional terms.

Regarding your pH swing, that doesn't seem to much of a dramatic change, many planted tanks using CO2 go through larger changes during the course of 24 hours.
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