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post #101 of 266 Old 01-20-2014, 12:49 PM
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post #102 of 266 Old 01-20-2014, 11:12 PM Thread Starter
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Hi guys sorry for not posting until now we have ph at 7.0 I'm about to test the water for ammonia and nitrite I didn't add prime yesterday for what I read about the "side effects" fish are doing good so far corys are actually schooling I'll post the results in a few minutes:)
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post #103 of 266 Old 01-20-2014, 11:28 PM Thread Starter
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Ok so
Ph 7.0
Ammonia .50 ppm
Nitrite 0ppm
Nitrate 0ppm

I'm afraid of the ammonia should I go back to prime daily? And from now that we have ph in a good range what's next?

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post #104 of 266 Old 01-20-2014, 11:37 PM Thread Starter
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For hardness kh is at 2 35.8 ppm gh 179 ppm

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post #105 of 266 Old 01-21-2014, 01:35 AM
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add some prime tonight.
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post #106 of 266 Old 01-21-2014, 06:32 AM
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Now you can let the cycle continue, add your Prime to control ammonia, do your normal SMALL water changes so as not to have nitrite poisoning problems, and look for a source of carbonate (crushed coral, crushed oyster shells, died egg shell) to add to the tank as a permanent fix for the low Kh. At 35 ppm Kh the pH will still be pretty unstable so watch that and dose the sodium bicarbonate if and when needed. You will have to watch this tank like a hawk till the cycling process is complete. At somewhere just under a pH of six the cycling process stalls/stops. You're on your way.

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post #107 of 266 Old 01-21-2014, 07:04 AM
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carlos,earlier you mentioned that you had a smaller plant grow out tank with a ph of 7.2 or so? what is the ph in that tank now?what are the main differences between that tank and this one other than the obvious size difference?substrate? decorations?wondering why the discrepancy between the two tanks as far as the ph values.

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carlos,earlier you mentioned that you had a smaller plant grow out tank with a ph of 7.2 or so? what is the ph in that tank now?what are the main differences between that tank and this one other than the obvious size difference?substrate? decorations?wondering why the discrepancy between the two tanks as far as the ph values.
Well this tank is a 2.5 gallon with miracle grow organic soil as substrate caped with sand I don't have decorations on it neither filter just a heater and some plants as now I'm using it to grow red root floaters this tank doesn't have a schedule water change since I only have a Betta in there I add water as it needs since it doesn't have any top I have to add at least once a week and at least once every month I clean the sand
I'm not home now but I'll check the ph when I get there
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post #109 of 266 Old 01-21-2014, 01:03 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Rickey I'll keep an eye on this and keep you guys posted

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post #110 of 266 Old 01-21-2014, 03:20 PM
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Love your floaters! I need some in my tanks.

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